First report of Aleurocanthus spiniferus in Montenegro
In October 2013, Aleurocanthus spiniferus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae – EPPO A2 List) was observed for the first time in Montenegro. The pest was found in citrus orchards in several locations in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotor) on the Adriatic Sea: in Baošići (on Citrus sinensis and C. reticulata), Herceg Novi (on C. reticulata) and Kumbor (on C. sinensis). As A. spiniferus is a quarantine pest for the country, the NPPO of Montenegro was officially informed about its first detection and surveys of the citrus producing areas in Montenegro were carried out in October, November and December 2013. As a result, A. spiniferus was also found in Djnovići on a small number of C. reticulata and C. limon trees. Its pathway of introduction into Montenegro is unknown. As A. spiniferus has been recorded in established citrus orchards (more than 10 years old), with no recent import connection, the origin of this introduction could not be traced. However, it is assumed A. spiniferus has been introduced into Montenegro with imports of infested plant material.
The situation of Aleurocanthus spiniferus in Montenegro can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2013 in citrus orchards in the Bay of Kotor.
Radonjić S, Hrnčić S, Malumphy C (2014) First record of Aleurocanthus spiniferus (Quaintance) (Hemiptera Aleyrodidae) in Montenegro. Redia 77, 141-145.