First record of new species and phenotypes of ladybird (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in citrus orchards in Morocco

E F F E Entomologie Faunistique-Faunistic, Entomology
2010 unpublished
An inventory of ladybird species living in citrus groves was conducted in the Gharb and Loukkos areas (northern Morocco) during 2000-2006, using the following methods: beating, yellow sticky traps, pitfall traps, and visual observation. All trophic groups were represented, including aphidophagous, coccidophagous, aleyrodophagous, acaridophagous, phytophagous and mycetophagous ladybirds. The Moroccan citrus inventory yielded species richness (36 species and 21 genera) and new records for
more » ... records for Coccinellidae. The following genera were recorded: variegata and Stethorus punctillum, were the most common, whereas the phytophagous and mycetophagous trophic groups were each represented by only one species each, Henosepilachna elaterii and Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata, respectively. Several new phenotypes were discovered among some species of ladybird beetles, particularly A. decempunctata, with 30 phenotypes.