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New Species Diversity Revealed from Molecular and Morphological Characterization of Gall-Inducing Calophya spp. (Hemiptera: Calophyidae) from Brazilian Peppertree
- Diaz, Rodrigo, Dickey, Aaron M., Shatters, Robert G., Manrique, Veronica, Vitorino, Marcelo D., Overholt, William A.
- The Florida entomologist 2015 v.98 no.2 pp. 776-779
- Hemiptera, Schinus terebinthifolia, adults, genes, instars, new species, nymphs, population, species diversity, Brazil
- SummaryFour populations of Calophya spp. (Hemiptera: Calophyidae) collected in Brazil were characterized using molecular and morphological methods. Examination of adults revealed the presence of 2 morphotypes, which were identified as C. latiforceps and C. terebinthifolii. However, morphological examination of 5th instar nymphs detected differences within C. latiforceps, with a population from Ubu, Espírito Santo, being distinct from the other 2 populations. Molecular characterization of the mitochondrial CO1 gene supported the presence of a new species of Calophya.