Pealius (genus)

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Author(s): Chuck Entz
Source: BugGuide

Pealius Quaintance & Baker, 1914

This genus is widely distributed, especially in Asia. It contains around 50 species of tiny whiteflies, including several plant pests. For example, the mulberry whitefly (Pealius mori) is an important pest for the silkworm industry in Asia. Infestations can result in the development of sooty mould on the leaves, due to the production of honeydew.

The adults are around 1.5 mm long. Like in other whiteflies, the species can be identified by the structure of their puparia (e.g. see Hodges & Evans, 2005).

Type species: Pealius maskelli

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