First record of Icerya seychellarum and confirmed occurrence of Aulacaspis tubercularis (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha) in Italy

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Abstract

The Seychelles scale, Icerya seychellarum (Westwood, 1855) (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Monophlebidae), is reported for the first time in Italy. Moreover, the occurrence of the white mango scale, Aulacaspis tubercularis (Newstead, 1906) (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Diaspididae), firstly reported in 1990 on mango trees growing outdoors in a nursery near Milazzo (Messina province, Sicily), and then intercepted in 2013 on mango plants imported from Florida (USA) to the Botanical Garden in Padova (Italy), is confirmed. Both species were found in two Sicilian mango orchards located in the province of Messina. Their introduction is most likely due to the orchards planting using infested mango nursery plants. The potential impact of these species, which in the Mediterranean area appeared to be occasionally invasive, is briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-182
Number of pages8
JournalPhytoparasitica
Volume48
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science

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