The Brazilian peppertree thrips Pseudophilothrips ichini (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) as a biological control agent: a reappraisal of the timeline of events and attribution of credit

James P. Cuda



The thrips Pseudophilothrips ichini (Hood) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), which is native to Brazil, is a candidate for classical biological control of the invasive Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolia Raddi (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae), in the USA. This paper corrects errors of omission about the history of the Brazilian peppertree biological control program in Florida and several misstatements about the identity of the thrips in previously published literature.



Los trips Pseudophilothrips ichini (Hood) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), que es nativo de Brasil, es un candidato para el control biológico clásico del pimentero brasileño invasivo, Schinus terebinthifolia Raddi (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae), en los EE.UU. Este documento corrige errores de omisión sobre la historia del programa de control biológico del pimentero brasileño en la Florida y varios errores en la literatura publicada previamente sobre la identidad de los trips.


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Schinus terebinthifolia; natural enemy; classical biocontrol; historical record; species identity

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