Bemisia (genus)

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Bemisia tabaci
Author: Stephen Ausmus
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bemisia Quintance & Baker, 1914

The genus contains around 40 species and has a world-wide distribution. Economically, the most important species is Bemisia tabaci which causes serious outbreaks on many crops and is an efficient vector of various plant viruses.

Taxonomically, the genus is characterized by the morphology of the puparium and show many similarities to the genus Aleyrodes. The use of DNA analysis is considered most reliable for identifying the species of this genus and those from closely related genera. Molecular methods are also used for separating the different forms of B. tabaci.

Type species Bemisia inconspicua.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: