Vladimír Hemala¹ , Dominik Maximilián Ramík²

¹ Jalovec 32, SK-032 21 Bobrovec, Slovakia
² Collège Technique et Lycée de Lowanatom, B.P. 12, Lowanatom, Tanna island, Vanuatu
✉¹ vladimir.hemala@gmail.com
✉² dominik.ramik@gmail.com

Received: 12.12.2022 / Accepted: 12.04.2023 / Published: 24.04.2023
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Abstract

Corythucha gossypii (Fabricius, 1794) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Tingidae) is recorded for the first time from Vanuatu (Tanna island and Mystery Island). A large number of individuals (adults as well as larvae) were observed feeding on Ricinus communis L., which is an introduced plant species. The presence of both adult sexes and larvae of C. gossypii represents evidence of an estabilished viable population of this new alien species on Tanna island and Mystery Island. It suggests the possibility of its presence also on other islands of the Vanuatu archipelago.

Keywords

Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Tingidae, faunistics, Vanuatu, Oceania, alien species

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