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Subfamily Spondyliaspidinae

psyllid on Spotted Gum - Cryptoneossa triangula - female Red Gum Psyllid - Glycaspis brimblecombei Melaleuca Psyllid - Boreioglycaspis melaleucae - female Melaleuca Psyllid - Boreioglycaspis melaleucae - male Psyllid on Lophostemon confertus - Ctenarytaina longicauda Red Gum Lerp Psyllid? Female? - Glycaspis brimblecombei - female Glycaspis brimblecombei lerp? - Glycaspis brimblecombei Ctenarytaina eucalypti
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 Psylloidea
Family Aphalaridae
Subfamily Spondyliaspidinae
Explanation of Names
Spondyliaspidinae Schwarz, 1898
8 spp. in 6 genera in our area (all adventive), >300 spp. in 24 genera worldwide (1)
In our area, Spondyliaspidines may be most easily identified by their association with Myrtaceae. In addition, adults of many species stand and walk on their basitarsi, holding the apical tarsi aloft. The apical tarsi may rapidly oscillate when stationary (2):
Native to Australia; in our area, California and Florida (1)
host: Eucalyptus spp. and related Myrtaceae (1)
Life Cycle
In contrast to the mostly univoltine native psyllid species, there are usually many generations per year (3). The nymphs of several species create conspicuous lerps on the underside of leaves:
Works Cited
1.Ouvrard D. (2013) Psyl'list - The World Psylloidea Database
2.Boreioglycaspis and spondyliaspidine classification (Homoptera: Psylloidea)
Burckhardt D. 1990. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 39, 15–52.
3.Integrated Pest Management of Eucalypt Psyllids (Insecta, Hemiptera, Psylloidea)
de Queiroz, D.L, D. Burckhardt & J. Majer. 2012. Integrated Pest Management and Pest Control - Current and Future Tactics, Dr. Sonia Soloneski (Ed.).