Taxonomy and biology of two new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infesting Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Chenopodiaceae) in Australian salt marshes

Veenstra-Quah, Anneke, Milne, Josephine and Kolesik, Peter 2007, Taxonomy and biology of two new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infesting Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Chenopodiaceae) in Australian salt marshes, Australian journal of entomology, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 198-206, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2007.00603.x.

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Title Taxonomy and biology of two new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infesting Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Chenopodiaceae) in Australian salt marshes
Author(s) Veenstra-Quah, AnnekeORCID iD for Veenstra-Quah, Anneke orcid.org/0000-0003-2857-3583
Milne, Josephine
Kolesik, Peter
Journal name Australian journal of entomology
Volume number 46
Issue number 3
Start page 198
End page 206
Publisher Australian Entomological Society
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 1326-6756
1440-6055
Keyword(s) Asphondylia
Gall histology
Insect taxonomy
Neophema chrysogaster
Ormyromorpha trifasciata
Sarcocornia quinqueflora.
Summary Two new species of gall midge associated with two distinct galls on the succulent creeping shrub Sarcocornia quinqueflora are described from salt marshes in south-eastern Australia. The infestations caused by the new species hinder the growth of S. quinqueflora, the seeds of which are the major food of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot Neophema chrysogaster. Asphondylia floriformis sp. n. Veenstra-Quah & Kolesik transforms leaf segments into flower-like galls, whereas Asphondylia sarcocorniae sp. n. Veenstra-Quah & Kolesik produces simple swellings on branches. Both galls have fungal mycelium growing in the apoplast of the gall tissue and lining the inner surface of the larval chamber where it is presumably grazed by the larva. Descriptions of the larvae, pupae, males, females and the geographical distribution of the two gall midges in south-eastern Australia are given.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2007.00603.x
Field of Research 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007157

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