Telmapsylla minuta Hodkinson, 1992

Halbert, Susan E. & Burckhardt, Daniel, 2020, The psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) of Florida: newly established and rarely collected taxa and checklist, Insecta Mundi 2020 (788), pp. 1-88: 46-47

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Telmapsylla minuta Hodkinson, 1992


Telmapsylla minuta Hodkinson, 1992  

( Fig. 139, 140 View Figures 139–148 )

Materials examined. USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County: Key Biscayne , 14.ii 1989, Avicennia germinans (R. Shaw) (FSCA)     ; Biscayne National Park , 13.i. 2003, Avicennia germinans (L.D. Howerton)   ( FSCA # E2003-169 View Materials )   ; Black Point Marina , 17.ii.2003, Avicennia germinans (J. Brambila and E. Varona)   ( FSCA # E2003-568 View Materials )   . Monroe

County: Stock Island, 29.viii.1962, 3.ix.1964, blacklight trap (F.A. Buchanan) ( FSCA). Sarasota County: Sarasota, 15.ii.2004, Avicennia germinans   ( FSCA # E2004-941).

Diagnosis. Adults of Telmapsylla minuta   ( Fig. 139 View Figures 139–148 ) can be recognized by the small size, triangular genal processes that meet in the middle, long forewings, characteristic dark “raccoon” stripe across the vertex (sometimes not visible in teneral specimens), and association with Avicennia   .

Distribution. This species may be native to Florida, but it also is known from Costa Rica ( Hodkinson 1992b).

Host plants. Avicennia germinans   (L.) L. ( Acanthaceae   ).

Comments. Telmapsylla minuta   has been in Florida for a long time, but it was recognized and described relatively recently from specimens collected on Avicennia germinans   (L.) L. ( Acanthaceae   ) on Pigeon Key (Monroe County) Florida on 23.v.1982 by F.W. Howard ( Hodkinson 1992b). The earliest specimen on record at the FSCA was collected on 29.viii.1962 on Stock Island.

Immatures ( Fig. 140 View Figures 139–148 ) are free-living on the leaves. They tend to cluster between leaves and newly emerging buds, causing some spotting on the leaves, but little overall damage to the plants.

Ciriacreminae Enderlein, 2010   Euceropsylla Boselli, 1929  

Comments. Euceropsylla   contains 14 Central and South American species ( Ouvrard 2020), two of which are adventive in Florida. The genus is in need of a taxonomic revision.


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology