Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” 65(1): 25-36, doi: 10.3897/travaux.65.e82873
First records of the alien Eucalyptus psyllids Blastopsylla occidentalis (Hemiptera, Aphalaridae) from Cyprus and Platyobria biemani (Hemiptera, Aphalaridae) from Cyprus and continental Greece
expand article infoJakovos Demetriou§, Evangelos Koutsoukos|, Leonidas‑Romanos Davranoglou, Helen E. Roy#, Malkie Spodek¤, Angeliki F. Martinou§«
‡ Joint Services Health Unit Cyprus, Akrotiri, Cyprus§ Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus| National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece¶ University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom# UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom¤ Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel« The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus
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The psyllids Platyobria biemani Burckhardt, Queiroz & Malenovský, 2014 and Blastopsylla occidentalis Taylor, 1985 (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Aphalaridae) originally native to Australia, have now spread to the Eastern Mediterranean as pests of Eucalyptus spp. In the present study, we provide the first records of these species from Cyprus and we expand the range of P. biemani within continental Greece. The specimens were collected from ornamental Eucalyptus trees in Paphos and Limassol districts. In addition, material surveys in Greece revealed the presence of P. biemani in Attica (Salamis Island and Nea Peramos). Given the number of sampled sites, both species should be classified as established pests responsible for small-scale, local infestations of Eucalyptus spp. The Australian Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore, 1964, already known from Cyprus, is widespread on the island and its effects undermine the aesthetics of natural and urban landscapes. The socioeconomic impacts of alien Eucalyptus psyllids in Cyprus are discussed.
alien insects, biological invasions, Eucalyptus, Mediterranean, non-native species, Sternorrhyncha, Psylloidea.