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New records on the geographical distribution of South American sharpshooters (Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae: Proconiini) and their potential as vectors of Xylella fastidiosa

Dellape, Gimena, Logarzo, Guillermo A., Virla, Eduardo G., Paradell, Susana L., Logarzo, Guillermo A., Virla, Eduardo G., Paradell, Susana L.
Florida entomologist 2011 v.94 no.2 pp. 364-366
Cicadellidae, Xylella fastidiosa, bacteria, crops, new geographic records, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
Xylella fastidiosa is endemic to the Americas, it causes economically important diseases in a variety of different crops, and is transmitted by xylem-feeding sharpshooters. This paper provides new geographic records for Proconiini sharpshooters in South America which helps to better understand their distribution. To develop these new records, we examined material from 3 of the main entomological collections held in Argentina. As a result, 5 species are cited for the first time from Paraguay; 4 for Peru; 3 for Bolivia; 2 for Ecuador; and 1 each for Uruguay and Brazil. Some of the species could be vectors of X. fastidiosa because congeners of the species studied here are known to transmit this bacterium.