Species of Atherigona in Andhra Pradesh uri icon

abstract

  • Records of Atherigona spp. bred from cultivated cereals, minor millets and wild grass hosts are given. A total of 19 plant hosts of Atherigona species is listed. A soccata, sorghum shootfly, was by far the commonest species present on sorghum and it was also recorded from maize, pearl millet, Echinochloa colonum, Eriochloa procera, Cymbopogon sp. and Paspalum scrobiculatum. Numbers of A. soccata bred from grasses were very low. Data showed that species of Atherigona were in general highly specific in choice of plant host. A. falcata was the commonest grass living species, but tended to favour Echinochloa colonum and E. crusgalli. The dominant species on pearl millet was A. approximata, on Panicum psilopodium, A. pulla and on Digitaria adscendens, A. oryzae. An interesting and important record was the recovery of A. eriochloae from both sorghum and Eriochloa procera. This species was previously only known from the paratype described in 1926. Other species were bred from a range of host grasses

publication date

  • 1977
  • 1977