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Species Bemisia tabaci - Sweetpotato Whitefly

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Aleyrodoidea
Family Aleyrodidae (Whiteflies)
Subfamily Aleyrodinae
Genus Bemisia
Species tabaci (Sweetpotato Whitefly)
Other Common Names
A Biotype
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius)
The Sweetpotato Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) has been recorded in the United States since the late 1800s. However, a new whitefly became an extreme pest in Florida, in 1986. This whitefly was thought to be a new biotype of Bemisia tabaci (designated variously as B biotype), and quickly displaced the original Bemisia tabaci (A biotype), which can no longer be found in the United States. The B biotype was described in 1994 as a new species, Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring.