Pest status of Aleurothrixus floccosus (Maskell) in South Africa

Publication Date
Mon, 04 Jan 2010, 00:00
Last Updated
Jan. 3, 2010, 9:01 a.m.
Report Number
South Africa
Pest Id
Aleurothrixus floccosus - (ALTHFL)
Report Status
Citrus spp.,Coffea arabica, Mangifera indica, Psidium guajava and Solanum melongena,
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: only in some areas
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official control
Geographical Distribution
Known geographic distribution in South Africa include various locations in the Western Cape Province and in Gauteng (Pretoria in city gardens). An official survey to determine the exact geographic distribution has not yet been done.

A Whitefly that has been noticed over the last two years on many lemon trees in suburban gardens, has been identified as the wooly whitefly,Aleurothrixus floccosus (Maskell). This is the first record of this species from South Africa. Voucher specimens of A. floccosus from Stellenbosch are deposited in the South African National Collection of Insects, Pretoria, under accesssion number HA1 172. GILIOMEE J.H. & MILLAR, I.M. 2009. The woolly whitefly, Aleurothtixus floccosus (Maskell) (Hemipter: Aleyrodidae), a potentially serious citrus pest, recorded in South Africa. African Entomology (17)2: 232-233

Potentially serious citrus pest
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