Sitobion graminis Takahashi, 1950 (Hemiptera, Aphididae): first record in Brazil, biological and morphometric parameters TT - Sitobion graminis Takahashi, 1950 (Hemiptera, Aphididae): primeiro registro para o Brasil, parâmetros biológicos e morfométricos

  • Cardoso J
  • Lazzari S
  • Carvalho R
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The species Sitobion graminis Takahashi, 1950 (Hemiptera, Aphididae) was first detected in Brazil in 1998, in Curitiba, Paraná state, associated with the grass species Erianthus sp., Calamagrotis sp. and Paspalum urvilei. Both the field-collected and laboratory-reared specimens presented a noticeable intrapopulational variation in body and appendix length and in dorso-abdominal sclerotization. This species has been recorded in Malaysia, New Guinea, India, Philippines and Africa, where it colonizes several species of Poaceae. S. graminis differs from other Sitobion species from Brazil associated with grasses, as it presents black cauda and siphunculi and exhibits a constriction in the base of the last rostral segment. Biological data were obtained in the laboratory by rearing newborn nymphs on the inflorescence of the host plants. They passed through four nymphal instars. The mean duration of the nymphal stage was of 11.4 days, with a mortality ratio of 36.5%. The mean pre-larviposition period was of 1.8 days; mean longevity of the females was 25.2 days; and mean fecundity was 18.7 nymphs/female, ranging from 2 to 41 nymphs/female.

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  • Aspectos biológicos
  • Biological aspects
  • grass aphids
  • morfometria
  • morphometrics
  • pulgão de gramíneas

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  • Josiane Teresinha Cardoso

  • Sonia Maria Noemberg Lazzari

  • Regina Célia Zonta de Carvalho

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