Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica (2006) 41, 287-296

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Gijbertus Vierbergen, Mirela Cean, Ibolya Hataláné Szellér, Gábor Jenser, Tatjana Masten and Mladen Simala (2006)
Spread of two thrips pests in Europe: Echinothrips americanus and Microcephalothrips abdominalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 41 (3-4), 287-296
Abstract: Recently Echinothrips americanus and Microcephalothrips abdominalis were introduced in Europe, respectively, in 1989 and 1994. Both species can be easily identified and are known from interceptions in the international trade on different ornamental hosts. E. americanus is spread mostly with Araceae and M. abdominalis is found on the intensively cultivated Tagetes. Both thrips species can occur on many ornamentals without showing obvious damage. This occurrence without damage on commercial crops and the development on weeds hampers the effectiveness of measures to prevent spread. Both are reported here new for Hungary and additionally M. abdominalis is found for the first time in Croatia. Characters and photographs for the identification of both species are given. The species are compared with some other species described within Echinothrips and Microcephalothrips.
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Database assignments for author(s): Gábor Jenser

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
new introduction of pest
surveys/sampling/distribution


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Microcephalothrips abdominalis Croatia
Microcephalothrips abdominalis Tagetes (crop) Hungary
Echinothrips americanus Hungary