Sitobion chanikiwiti (Eastop 1959), Eastop, 1959

Victor, Eastop, F. & Blackman, Roger L., 2005, Some new synonyms in Aphididae (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha), Zootaxa 1089, pp. 1-36: 21

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.273344

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scientific name

Sitobion chanikiwiti (Eastop 1959)
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Sitobion chanikiwiti (Eastop 1959)   = Sitobion leelamaniae (David 1958)   Sitobion howlandae (Eastop 1959)   = Sitobion leelamaniae (David 1958)  

S. leelamaniae   was described from grasses and cereals ( Eleusine   , Pennisetum   , Sorghum   ) in southern India. It has since been recorded from Sri Lanka and there is also a record from Africa ( Cameroon). The African species S. chanikiwiti   and S. howlandae   described one year later are very similar, occur on a similar range of hosts, and are not reliably distinguishable on slides from leelamaniae   . The observed differences in colour in life and in the form and length of hairs between S. chanikiwiti   and S. howlandae   may be ascribable to genetic polymorphism and/or environmental influences. Populations identified as S. chanikiwiti   are widely distributed in eastern Africa, with a record also from Réunion, and a possible host­alternation in Burundi with Hagenia abyssinica   as primary host ( Remaudière & Autrique 1985). It seems probable that the aphid described from south India is an anholocyclic population of a Sitobion   native to Africa. In the absence of any evidence to the contrary we propose that both chanikiwiti   and howlandae   should be treated as synonyms of leelamaniae   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Aphidomorpha

Family

Aphididae

Genus

Sitobion