First report of Aleurothrixus (=Aleurotrachelus) trachoides in India
The presence of Aleurotrachelus trachoides (Aleyrodidae – EPPO Alert List) has recently been observed in Karnataka, Southern India. This invasive whitefly was first found in 2014 on Duranta erecta (Verbenaceae) and on Capsicum annuum (Solanaceae). Heavy infestations caused chlorotic leaf spots and leaf curling. In addition, following the close examination of the morphological characteristics of Aleurotrachelus trachoides, it was proposed to transfer it into the genus Aleurothrixus.
Dubey AK, Sundararaj R (2015) A new combination and first record of the genus Aleurothrixus Quaintance and Baker (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) from India. Biosystematica 9(1/2), 23-28.