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.
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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.
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