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Bemisia tabaci (sweetpotato whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly)

Synonyms: Aleurodes inconspicua; Aleurodes tabaci; Bemisia achyranthes; Bemisia argentifolii; Bemisia bahiana; Bemisia costalimai; Bemisia emiliae; Bemisia goldingi; Bemisia gossypiperda; Bemisia hibisci; Bemisia inconspicua; Bemisia longispina; Bemisia lonicerae; Bemisia manihotis; Bemisia minima; Bemisia minuscula; Bemisia nigeriensis; Bemisia restonicae; Bemisia rhodesiaensis; Bemisia signata; Bemisia vayssierei

Wikipedia Abstract

The silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci, also informally referred to as the sweetpotato whitefly) is one of several whiteflies that are currently important agricultural pests. The silverleaf whitefly is classified in the family Aleyrodidae, and is included in the large sub-order of insects, Sternorrhyncha. A review in 2011 concluded that the silverleaf whitefly is actually a species complex containing at least 24 morphologically indistinguishable species.
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Invasive Species

Bemisia tabaci has been reported from all continents except Antarctica. Over 900 host plants have been recorded for B. tabaci and it reportedly transmits 111 virus species. It is believed that B. tabaci has been spread throughout the world through the transport of plant products that were infested with whiteflies. Once established, B. tabaci quickly spreads and through its feeding habits and the transmission of diseases, it causes destruction to crops around the world. B. tabaci is believed to be a species complex, with a number of recognised biotypes and two described extant cryptic species.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve 1236 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates      

Prey / Diet

Euphorbia pulcherrima (poinsettia)[1]
Ipomoea batatas ('uala)[1]
Malva parviflora (cheeseweed mallow)[1]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[1]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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