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Epitrix hirtipennis
(tobacco flea beetle)



Epitrix hirtipennis (tobacco flea beetle)


  • Last modified
  • 28 March 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Epitrix hirtipennis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • tobacco flea beetle
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Epitrix hirtipennis (Melsheimer)

Preferred Common Name

  • tobacco flea beetle

International Common Names

  • Spanish: pulga morena del tabaco
  • French: altise du tabac; chrysomelle brune du tabac

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Chrysomelidae
  •                             Genus: Epitrix
  •                                 Species: Epitrix hirtipennis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

North America

BermudaPresentSchotman, 1989
MexicoPresentSchotman, 1989
USAUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-GeorgiaUnconfirmed record
-North CarolinaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-South CarolinaUnconfirmed record

Central America and Caribbean

Antigua and BarbudaPresentSchotman, 1989
BarbadosPresentSchotman, 1989
CubaPresentSchotman, 1989
CuraçaoPresentSchotman, 1989
DominicaPresentSchotman, 1989
Dominican RepublicPresentSchotman, 1989
GuadeloupePresentSchotman, 1989
HaitiPresentSchotman, 1989
JamaicaPresentSchotman, 1989
MartiniquePresentSchotman, 1989
MontserratPresentSchotman, 1989
Netherlands AntillesPresentSchotman, 1989
Puerto RicoPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint Kitts and NevisPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint LuciaPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresentSchotman, 1989
Trinidad and TobagoPresentSchotman, 1989

South America

GuyanaPresentSchotman, 1989


FrancePresentMouttet et al., 2017
-CorsicaPresentMouttet et al., 2017
GreeceUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
ItalyPresentCAB Abstracts

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Microctonus epitricis Parasite

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