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Title: First record of Takecallis taiwana (Takahashi) and T. arundinariae (Essig) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Colombia

item SIMBAQUEBA-CORTES, R. - Universidad De Colombia
item SERNA, F. - Universidad De Colombia
item Miller, Gary

Submitted to: Agronomia Colombiana
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/30/2016
Publication Date: 8/30/2016
Citation: Simbaqueba-Cortes, R., Serna, F., Miller, G.L. 2016. First record of Takecallis taiwana (Takahashi) and T. arundinariae (Essig) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Colombia. Agronomia Colombiana. 34(2):295-299.

Interpretive Summary: Aphids are pests that feed on many of the world’s agriculturally important crops, trees, and ornamental plants. In addition to direct feeding damage, aphids are one of the most important insects in the role of transmission of plant diseases and contribute to billions of dollars in agricultural losses worldwide. This research identifies two species of invasive aphids previously unknown from the northern half of South America. As invasive aphid species exhibit great potential to affect agricultural and horticultural commodities, it is important to be to provide proper identification before any control program can be implemented. Illustrations and descriptions are provided. Identification of these aphid will be of interest to biodiversity researchers and regulatory and quarantine personnel at U.S. ports of entry.

Technical Abstract: The aphids Takecallis taiwanus (Takahashi, 1926) and T. arundinariae (Essig, 1917) were collected from two locations in the Department of Cundinamarca and one in Bogotá D.C. within 90km of the city of Bogotá, Colombia. These represent the first records from the northern half of South America. All the specimens were collected from Phyllostachys sp., however, all species of Takecallis are polyphagous on bamboo. Specimens were prepared on slides, identified, and cataloged for deposition at the entomological museum of UNAB. Key morphological features are illustrated and the species redescribed for the purposes of future identification and possible control in the area.