New records of Toxoptera citricidus in Jamaica and Puerto Rico
During surveys carried out in Jamaica, Toxoptera citricidus (EPPO A1 quarantine pest, vector of citrus tristeza closterovirus) has been found in citrus orchards, in the region of St Mary, in 1993-04. This is the first report of Toxoptera citricidus in Jamaica. The authors stressed that T. citricidus is now spreading in the Caribbean from south to north, as in 1990 it was only present in Trinidad, then found in Guadeloupe and Martinique at the end of 1991, in St Lucia in 1992, in Dominican Republic in 1992 and in Puerto Rico in 1992 (Garney and Yokomi, 1992, Intern Report, May, 7-8, 1992, 8 p). For the EPPO Secretariat, this reference is also the first report of T. citricidus in Puerto Rico. Further systematic surveys are necessary to study the distribution of the pest, as well as the phytosanitary status of citrus tristeza closterovirus in Jamaica.
Etienne, J.; Martinez, M. (1993). Toxoptera citricidus en Jama‹que : nouveau signalement pour les Cara‹bes (Hom. Aphididae).
Nouvelle Revue d'Entomologie (Note Scientifique), 10(4), p 374.