New flea beetles records of Aphthona Chevrolat in Turkey (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)

Abstract :

We had the opportunity to study material of the genus Aphthona (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) collected during the expedition of Ankara, Bartın, Çankırı, Kayseri and Zonguldak provinces in 2013-2017. Aphthona Chevrolat is a subcosmopolitan (except for Nearctic and Neotropical regions) and species rich genus of flea beetles. The imagoes of the genus feed on leaves of herbaceous plants as mostly on Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia), Geraniaceae (Geranium, Erodium) and Linaceae (Linum). They are an economically important group with some species using as biological control agents and several species sometimes causing significant damage to cultivated plants. There are over 330 species worldwide, 186 of which have been recorded in Palaearctic region. Thirty-five species have been recorded in Turkey until now. Aphthona flea beetles has been reported only by 1 species [A. semicyanea Allard] from Çankırı province, 4 species [A. euphorbiae Schrank, A. franzi Heikertinger, A. gracilis Faldermann and A. konstantinovi Lopatin] from Kayseri province and 8 species [A. euphorbiae Schrank, A. flaviceps Allard, A. franzi Heikertinger, A. fuentei Reitter, A. kuntzei Roubal, A. nigriceps Redtenbacher A. nigriscutis Foudras and A. semicyanea Allard] from Ankara province until now. Also, the genus has not been reported from Bartın and Zonguldak provinces up to now. In a result of this work, 4 new records [A. atrocaerulea (Stephens), A. kuntzei Roubal, A. nigriscutis Foudras and A. pallida (Bach)] of the genus Aphthona for the fauna of Çankırı province. A. atrocaerulea (Stephens) and A. nigriscutis Foudras are also new record for Western Black Sea region of Turkey. 2 new records [A. atrocaerulea (Stephens) and A. pallida (Bach)] for the fauna of Kayseri province were detected. A. atrocaerulea (Stephens) is the first record also for Central Anatolian region of Turkey. 1 new record [A. pallida (Bach)] for the fauna of Ankara and Bartın provinces and 1 new record [A. nigriceps Redtenbacher] for the fauna of Zonguldak province were detected. Especially, the records of A. pallida (Bach) from Ankara, Bartın, Çankırı and Kayseri provinces is the first record for Turkey. Also, A. atrocaerulea (Stephens) has been reported only from Erzurum province in Turkey until now. So, the records of Çankırı and Kayseri provinces are the second record from Turkey


Keyword :

Chyrsomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini, Aphthona, new records, Çankırı, Kayseri, Turkey


Author(s) : Özdikmen, H., Bal, N., Coral Şahin, D.
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Published Issue : 2018 Vol. 13 Number 2


2018 Vol. 13 Number 2