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Biology of the mealy plum aphid, Hyalopterus pruni (Geoffroy)


Leslie M. Smith

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Leslie M. Smith was Junior Entomologist in the Experiment Station.

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Hilgardia 10(7):167-211. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v10n07p167. November 1936.

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Hyalopterus pruni (Geoffroy)

Aphis pruni Geoffroy 1762

Aphis arundinis Fabricius 1775

Aphis pruni Fabricius 1775

Aphis amygdali Blanchard 1840

Aphis prunifex Amyot 1847

Aphis calamaphis Amyot 1847

Aphis gracilis Walker 1850

Hyalopterus pruni (Fabr.) 1857

Hyalopterus arundinis (Fabr.) 1857

Aphis phragmitidicola Oestlund 1886

Hyadaphis umbellulariae Davidson 1911

Historical Review of the Taxonomy of Hyalopterus Pruni (Geoffroy)

The scientific name of this species has been changed repeatedly; in fact, if each of the following authors is recognized, the status of the name has been changed twenty-one times, in the course of which the species has been described eight times as new. This review of the taxonomy does not include many of the lesser notes of an economic nature, which give Hyalopterus arundinis (Fabr.) priority over H. pruni (Fabr.) and vice versa.

1737. De Réamur(51)3 recorded certain observations on an aphid on plum trees in France. This aphid was coated with a white powder. There can be little doubt but that he was dealing with Hyalopterus pruni (Geoff.).

1762. Aphis pruni Geoffroy. This species was described in an anonymous publication, known to be the work of E. L. Geoffroy. This was the earliest use of a binomial name for this species, according to Hottes.(31)

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Smith L. 1936. Biology of the mealy plum aphid, Hyalopterus pruni (Geoffroy). Hilgardia 10(7):167-211. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v10n07p167
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