Brevipalpus californicus does not occur in France
The NPPO of France confirmed that Brevipalpus californicus (Acari: Tenuipalpidae), vector of Citrus leprosis virus, does not occur in France. The record was based on an erroneous translation in the American literature (Pritchard and Baker, 1958) of a French publication from André (1953) which in fact stated the absence of the pest and not its presence.
The status of Brevipalpus californicus in France is officially declared as follows: Absent, invalid record.
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Pritchard AE, Baker EW (1958) The false spider mite (Acarina: Tenuipalpidae). University of California Publications Entomology 14, 216-217.