The taxonomic identity of Aphis punicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)Shinji, 1922
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Entomological Society of Japan
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 68–74, January 2011
How to Cite
SUGIMOTO, S. (2011), The taxonomic identity of Aphis punicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Entomological Science, 14: 68–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2010.00405.x
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Received 2 May 2008; accepted 24 May 2010.
- pomegranate aphid;
- seasonal polymorphism
The taxonomic status of Aphis punicaeShinji, 1922 is reviewed. Small alate viviparous females of a green-colored Aphis species collected on Punica granatum in Kanagawa Prefecture, central Japan, accorded with the original description of A. punicae Shinji, which has been known only from the original description and a subsequent redescription. On the other hand, the apterous viviparous females of this Aphis species were identified as A. punicaePasserini, 1863. The author concluded that A. punicae Shinji is the alate viviparous morph of A. punicae Passerini, and that A. punicae Shinji should be treated as a junior synonym of A. punicae Passerini. All the morphs except for the fundatrix of the Japanese population of A. punicae Passerini were described, the life cycle was summarized, and morphological comparison was made with Aphis gossypii Glover, a polyphagous species that was also known to occur on P. granatum.