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Abstract

Host plants of the mealybug Nipaecoccus viridis (Newstead, 1894) (Homoptera, Pseudococcidae) in Iraq with detection of new hosts.

Abstract

A record of 69 host plants of, Nipaecoccus viridis (Newstead, 1894) belonging to 36 plant families, comprising 23 fruit trees, 6 vegetable crops, 2 field crops,2 oil crop, 31 trees and ornamentals and 6 weeds. Among these host plants, Psidium sp., Cestrum nocturnum, Gardenia jasminoides, Pilea serpyllacea, Tamarix sp., Alhagi maurorum are newly recorded for this pest in Iraq, but the main host plants like Citrus spp., Morus alba and Ziziphus spina-christi have never changed since the first outbreak noticed by the author in the early 1970.