EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2002 Num. article: 2002/065

Molecular assay to differentiate Liriomyza huidobrensis and L. langei

Observation of differences (crop preferences, levels of insecticide resistance) between populations of Lyriomyza huidobrensis (Diptera: Agromyzidae – EPPO A2 quarantine pest) have led to the assumption that L. huidobrensis could be composed of at least 2 cryptic species. On the basis of genetic studies, 2 cryptic species have been proposed: L. langei and L. huidobrensis (see EPPO RS 2001/016 and 2002/010). Although L. langei and L. huidobrensis cannot be distinguished morphologically, a PCR–RFPL assay has been developed to differentiate them. Preliminary studies showed that leafminer populations recently introduced into Sri Lanka, Canada* and South Africa belonged to L. huidobrensis.

* The EPPO Secretariat had previously no data on the occurrence of L. huidobrensis in Canada.


Scheffer, S.J.; Wijesekara, A.; Visser, D.; Hallett, R.H. (2001) Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment-length polymorphism method to distinguish Liriomyza huidobrensis from L. langei (Diptera: Agromyzidae) applied to three recent leafminer invasions.
Journal of Economic Entomology, 94(5), 177-1182.