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Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Thaumastocoridae) has reached the Greek island of Crete

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The first record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006 on the Greek island of Crete is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species in Europe is summarized.
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Journal of the Heteroptera of Turkey 11
J.Het.Turk., 3(1), May 2021 (eISSN 2687-3249)
Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006
(Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Thaumastocoridae) has reached the
Greek island of Crete
Immenweide 83, D-22523 Hamburg, Germany.
E-mail: tmvdh@web.de ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4138-7160
Torsten van der Heyden
ABSTRACT: The first record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006 on
the Greek island of Crete is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species
in Europe is summarized.
To cite this article: van der Heyden, T., 2021, Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006
(Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Thaumastocoridae) has reached the Greek island of Crete, J.Het.Turk., 3 (1):11-13
DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4822269
To link to this article: https://www.j-ht.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/V31-A2.pdf
Received: Dec 22, 2020; Revised: May 17,2021; Accepted: May 17, 2021; Published online: May 31, 2021
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KEYWORDS: Thaumastocoris peregrinus, first record, distribution, Crete.
Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero &
Dellapé, 2006 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera:
Thaumastocoridae), commonly known as
the bronze bug, is a pest of eucalypts
(Myrtaceae) (Novoselsky & Freidberg,
2016). In Europe, the invasive Australian
species has been reported from mainland
Italy (Laudonia & Sasso, 2012) and the
Italian islands of Sicily (Carapezza, 2014)
and Sardinia (di Lascio & Nannini, 2016),
Portugal (Garcia et al., 2013), Spain
(Vivas et al., 2015), Albania (van der
Heyden, 2017), mainland Greece and
several Greek islands (Petrakis, 2018)
and Malta (Mifsud & Carapezza, 2020) so
far.
The paper by Petrakis (2018) contains a
map showing sampling sites with
eucalypts in mainland Greece and on
various Greek islands. While T. peregrinus
was found at various examined sites in
mainland Greece and on the Greek islands
of Sifnos, Syros and Tinos (Cyclades), the
species was not found on Crete.
Now, the presence of T. peregrinus on
Crete can be reported: On 16.12.2020,
Fotis Samaritakis photographed an adult
specimen of T. peregrinus in a park in the
village of Kounoupidiana, located in the
municipality of Chania at the northwestern
coast of the island (Fig. 1).
The photograph was uploaded to the
online database iNaturalist (Samaritakis,
2020).
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I would like to thank Fotis Samaritakis for allowing me to use his photo of T. peregrinus
to illustrate this paper and for additional information about his finding.
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Figure 1. Specimen of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006, Kounoupidiana,
Crete, Greece, 16.12.2020. (Photo: Fotis Samaritakis).
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The arrival of one more Eucalyptus pest in Sicily: Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero et Dellapé, 2006 (Hemiptera Heteroptera Thaumastocoridae), Il Naturalista Siciliano
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Carapezza, A., 2014, The arrival of one more Eucalyptus pest in Sicily: Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero et Dellapé, 2006 (Hemiptera Heteroptera Thaumastocoridae), Il Naturalista Siciliano, S. IV, XXXVIII (1): 127-129.