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Chickpea leafminer

Scientific Name
Liriomyza cicerina
Scientific Author
(Rondani)
Taxonomy
(Diptera: Agromyzidae: Phytomyzinae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult: Very small (1.3 – 1.6 mm body length) , variably dark species, third antennal segment round and variably dark to almost entirely dark, first and second segments yellowish. Vertex dark, at least outer vertical bristle on black ground. Mesonotum moderately shining black, dark to the margin of the scutellum which is yellow, mesopleura normally black along lower and front margins, occasionally with only a small black patch on lower margin. Legs dark, femora although basically yellow largely darkened by variable black striations. Halteres  yellow.  Aedeagus distiphallus sclerotised and distinct, in ventral view with two bulbs. 
A detailed description of the species is found in Spencer (1973).

Wing length: 1.3 - 1.6 mm. The body coloration is highly variable. Legs are normally brownish striated (marbled) but several specimens have yellowish legs. Frontorbital bristles three or four, the anterior one can be much shorter than the others.

Male genitalia: Hypandrium large and thin; basal part of aedeagal apodeme almost straight; ejaculatory apodeme of intermediate size, rather broad; surstyli long and narrow generally with 1 apical spine. Gonites as in 'normal' Liriomyza; subapical part of distiphallus with long, narrow and strongly sclerotized area, terminal tubules of distiphallus well visible.
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Author
Mali Malipatil
Created
28/05/2007 04:53 AEST
Last Updated
14/12/2011 16:10 AEST
Citation
Mali Malipatil (2007) Chickpea leafminer (Liriomyza cicerina ) Updated on 12/14/2011 4:10:58 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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