Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: July 31, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: A thrips species new to science transmits a virus that cause a disease of zucchini squash in Sao Paulo State, Brazil. This type of virus known as tospovirus can be transmitted only by thrips and causes diseases that severely damage vegetable and floricultural crops. The new species named Frankliniella zucchinii belongs in a group of thrips that includes four other species that can transmit four different tospoviruses. The description and scientific name will enable workers in agriculture to recognize this pest and facilitate research, control and communication about the disease and the thrips.
Frankliniella zucchinii, new species, is described. It is a vector of a tospovirus causing zucchini lethal chlorotic disease of zucchini squash in Sao Paulo State, Brazil.