Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Pereskiophaga brasiliensis Anderson, a new genus and species of Cryptorhynchinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) associated with primitive cacti of the genus Pereskia Miller (Cactaceae) in Brazil.

Abstract

Pereskiophaga brasiliensis Anderson, a new genus and new species of Cryptorhynchinae from Brazil (mixed laboratory culture from Santa Catarina and Paraná), is described. The species is associated with Pereskia aculeata Miller (Cactaceae) and is being considered as a biological control agent in South Africa where the cactus is an invasive pest. The genus may be most closely related to Eriocereophaga O'Brien, another monotypic genus associated with cacti.