Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

The Red Gum Lerp Psyllid (Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore) introduced on French eucalyptus trees (Hemiptera, Psyllidae).

Abstract

Five species of psyllids have invaded european eucalyptus plantations: Ctenarytaina eucalypti, C. spatulata, C. peregrina, Blastopsylla occidentalis and Glycaspis brimblecombei. C. eucalypti, C. spatulata and C. peregrina were the only ones known from France until today. The discovery of G. brimblecombei in continental France and Corsica is the logical continuation of its mediterranean basin invasion. G. brimblecombei was found initially in Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments, then in Corse-du-Sud. Ponctual research have shown later its establishment in Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault and into the Pyrénées-Orientales, proving its great spreading faculty and revealing with no doubt an introduction before 2011. The great number of eucalyptus living psyllids in Australia imposes vigilance about identification of species which are able to be introduced in France, mainly: Eucalyptolyma maideni, Ctenarytaina longicauda, Cryptoneossa triangula, Cardiaspina fiscella, Creiis lituratus and Anoeconeossa communis which have already invaded other parts of the world. Recognition and biology elements are given. Harmfulness and control possibilities are presented.