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Title: Illustrated guide to the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire and related species (Coleoptera, Buprestidae)

item Chamorro, Maria
item JENDEK, E. - Canadian National Collection Of Insects & Ottawa Plant Laboratory, Entomology
item HAACK, R. - Northern Michigan University
item PETRICE, T. - Michigan State University
item Woodley, Norman
item Konstantinov, Alexander - Alex
item YANG, XING, KE - Institute Of Zoology - China
item Lingafelter, Steven

Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/30/2014
Publication Date: 6/19/2015
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Citation: Chamorro, M.L., Jendek, E., Haack, R.A., Petrice, T., Woodley, N.E., Konstantinov, A.S., Yang, Xing, K., Lingafelter, S.W. 2015. Illustrated guide to the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire and related species (Coleoptera, Buprestidae). ZooKeys. 195.

Interpretive Summary: Metallic wood-boring beetles are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious forest pests, infesting and killing healthy trees and causing widespread mortality in rural and urban areas. Accurate identification of all life stages is essential to detect and successfully control and contain the spread of invasive forest pests. This work provides the most detailed descriptions of adults and known immatures of the 33 species hypothesized to be most closely related to the emerald ash borer. Each species treatment is illustrated with habitus and character photos that will allow users to identify their species. This study will benefit foresters, regulators, resource managers, biological control workers, scientists and those interested in wood-boring beetles and invasive species.

Technical Abstract: The 33 species of Agrilus (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) hypothesized to be most closely related to Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (the emerald ash borer), are described and illustrated. Morphology (adults and immatures), biology, distribution, detailed taxonomic history and systematics are presented for each species, along with a full literature review and bibliography. Large, high resolution photos that display all diagnostic characters are presented. A dichotomous identification key to adults the species of Agrilus treated in this work is presented.