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First record of Corythauma ayyari (Drake) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Monaco

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The first record of Corythauma ayyari for Monaco is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species, especially in the Mediterranean Region, is summarized. Jasminum azoricum is reported as a new host plant of C. ayyari.
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Scientic Note
First record of Corythauma ayyari (Drake) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Monaco
Primera cita de Corythauma ayyari (Drake) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) en Mónaco
Torsten van der Heyden1
1 Immenweide 83, D-22523 Hamburg, Germany. E-mail:
Key words: Distribution, Europe, Hemiptera, invasive species, Jasminum azoricum, Mediterranean
Region, pest.
Resumen. Se presenta la primera cita de Corythauma ayyari para Mónaco. Se resume información
acerca de la distribución conocida de la especie, especialmente en la Región Mediterránea. Se presenta
Jasminum azoricum como una nueva planta huésped de C. ayyari.
Palabras clave: Distribución, especie invasora, Europa, Hemiptera, Jasminum azoricum, plaga, Región
The tingid Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) is an Oriental species, recorded from India,
Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam (Roca-Cusachs
and Goula 2014; Haouas et al. 2015), which was introduced to the Mediterranean Region.
Recently, C. ayyari has been reported from France (Streito et al. 2010), Greece (Rietschel
2015), Italy (Pedata et al. 2013; Carapezza 2014), Malta (Carapezza and Mifsud 2015) and
Spain (Roca-Cusachs and Goula 2014) in Europe as well as from Israel (Novoselsky and
Freidberg 2013), Syria (Zeity and Ali 2019), Tunisia (Haouas et al. 2015) and the United
Arab Emirates (Carapezza 2014; Carapezza et al. 2014).
Corythauma ayyari is polyphagous, but considered a pest, as nymphs and adults of
the species feed on dierent ornamental plants, particularly causing severe damages on
various species of Jasminum (Oleaceae) by feeding on sap from their leaves (Streito et al.
2010; Roca-Cusachs and Goula 2014; Zeity and Ali 2019).
On 30-VIII-2019, Robin Duborget photographed various nymphs and adults of C. ayyari
on Jasminum azoricum L. (Fig. 1). The photograph was taken in the Avenue Hector Otto in
Monaco (Robin Duborget, personal communication). It was rst published in the online
database iNaturalist (Duborget 2019).
As C. ayyari has not been reported for Monaco in scientic publications yet, the record
reported in this note is the rst one for this country. Furthermore, J. azoricum is reported as
a new host plant of C. ayyari.
Abstract. The rst record of Corythauma ayyari for Monaco is reported. Information on the known
distribution of the species, especially in the Mediterranean Region, is summarized. Jasminum azoricum
is reported as a new host plant of C. ayyari.
Received 3 October 2019 / Accepted 9 October 2019 / Published online 16 October 2019
Responsible Editor: José Mondaca E.
van der Heyden: First record of Corythauma ayyari in Monaco.
I would like to thank Robin Duborget (Monaco) for allowing me to use his photograph
of C. ayyari to illustrate this paper and for additional information about his nding.
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Zeity, M. and Ali, A.Y. (2019) First report of the lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake)
... Among those, the jasmine lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) is an invasive insect (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Tingidae) native to Southern Asia from Pakistan to Indonesia (distribution summarized by [12]). In the last 20 years, the species has been recorded from Israel in 2004 [13], the United Arab Emirates in 2005 [14], France in 2009 [15], Italy in 2012 [16], Tunisia in 2013 [17], Malta [18] and Spain in 2014 [19], Greece in 2015 [20], Syria [21] and Egypt in 2017 [22], and the Principality of Monaco in 2019 [23]. ...
... Material [23]. ...
... Citizen-science data significantly expanded the known area colonized by this species, which was previously known (cf. [22,23] and part of these new records). Moreover, the citizen-science platforms represent an effective tool for the early detection of pest species: first records of the presence in Greece (present contribution), Egypt ( [23], first record for Africa), and Monaco [22] come from observations made by citizens. ...
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Découverte d'un foyer de Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) et point sur la présence de plusieurs espèces de Stephanitis envahissants en France (Hemiptera Tingidae). L'Entomologiste
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