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NEW SUCKING COREIDS SPECIES IN PSIDIUM GUAJAVA

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Author(s): E. M. Pires, R. M. Nogueira, C. J. Silva, F. Pelissari, J. A. M. Ferreira, M. A. Soares

Journal: Scientific Electronic Archives
ISSN 2316-9281

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Hypselonotus fulvus | Leptogossus zonatus | Psidium guajava

ABSTRACT
The Coreidae Family is an important insect group because of its higher diversity of species and further to be found in different habitats. The species Hypselonotus fulvus (De Geer, 1773) and Leptogossus zonatus (Dallas, 1952) (Heteroptera: Coreidae) are phytophagous and can cause lots of damage in the agriculture and forestry area. Additionally, they can spread some agents responsible for plant diseases damaging the fruit quality and decreasing the value for market. The aims of this work were record the occurrence of H. fulvus and L. zonatus colonizing and feeding on guava (Psidium guajava) fruits in Sinop, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. We observed the presence of insects especially on mature fruits that could change the fruit characteristics, besides serving as an entrance for pathogens. This is the first record of H. fulvus and L. zonatus on guava fruits in Brazil. Even the fruits present possess deformation where the insects feed on; additionally studies are necessary to measure the economic damage of this insect on guava fruits
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