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Cinara maghrebica

Maghreb pine aphid

Identification & Distribution 

Identification & Distribution:

Adult apterae of Cinara maghrebica are chocolate-brown with a dorsal pattern of white dust. The length of the sclerotized part of the stylet groove is 1.0-1.2 mm. The longest hairs of abdominal tergites 3-5 are more than 50 μm. Abdominal tergite 5 has 12-18 long, fine hairs between the siphuncular cones. The longest hairs on the hind tibia are 60-130 μm. Abdominal tergites 7 & 8 usually have a pair of dark patches. The diameter of each siphuncular cone is 0.12-0.40 mm. The body length of adult Cinara maghrebica apterae is 2.0-2.9 mm.

 

Images copyright Sandy Rae,  all rights reserved

The Maghreb pine aphid lives often in dense colonies on young twigs of a variety of pine (Pinus) species including the Canary Islands pine (Pinus canariensis), the Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis), the maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) and the stone pine (Pinus pinea). It is sometimes attended by ants. Cinara maghrebica is found in the Mediterranean areas of Italy, France, Spain, Morocco and Malta, and has also been recorded from Argentina and possibly Turkey.

Acknowledgements

We are indebted to Sandy Rae  for his photos of (what we believe to be) Cinara maghrebica.

We have made provisional identifications from high resolution photos of living specimens, along with host plant identity. In the great majority of cases, identifications have been confirmed by microscopic examination of preserved specimens. We have used the keys and species accounts of Blackman & Eastop (1994)  and Blackman & Eastop (2006)  supplemented with Blackman (1974) , Stroyan (1977) , Stroyan (1984) , Blackman & Eastop (1984) , Heie (1980-1995) , Dixon & Thieme (2007)  and Blackman (2010) . We fully acknowledge these authors as the source for the (summarized) taxonomic information we have presented. Any errors in identification or information are ours alone, and we would be very grateful for any corrections. For assistance on the terms used for aphid morphology we suggest the figure  provided by Blackman & Eastop (2006).

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References

  •  Heie, O.E (2015). Aphidomorpha. In:Bocher, J. et al. The Greenland Entomofauna. An identification manual of insects, spiders and their allies. Brill. Leiden, The Netherlands.