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First record of Pyrrhalta viburni (Coleoptera: chrysomelidae) in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prvi nalaz vrste Pyrrhalta viburni (Coleoptera: chrysomelidae) u Bosni i Hercegovini
Mirza Dautbašić, Osman Mujezinović, Dejan Kulijer, Adi Vesnić, Kenan Zahirović, Sead Ivojević, Damir Prljača
Pyrrhalta viburni (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), is a chrysomelid native to Eurasia. It gained importance as an invasive species in North America due to its ability to cause serious damage to native and ornamental Viburnum spp. plants.
In our study Pyrrhalta viburni was recorded as a new record in the fauna of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It has been recorded on four locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the region of Sarajevo. As it is feeding on Viburnum spp. that are commonly used as ornamental plants, its monitoring in urban and other habitats is suggested.
Key words: Pyrrhalta viburni, viburnum leaf beetle, Viburnum spp., defoliation, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is one of the most species-rich families of beetles with more than 37,000 species worldwide (Jolivet et al. 2011), and with the greatest diversity in the tropics (Riley et al. 2002). Leaf beetles are mostly phytophagous insects adapted to feed on plant species. Many leaf beetles are serious pests of agricultural crops and tree species (Jolivet et al. 1988).
In the Balkans the knowledge of Chrysomelidae is still scarce. Viktor Apfelbeck published the first significant data on Chrysomeliade fauna of Balkan Peninsula, particularly Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of 20th century (Apfelbeck 1912; 1914; 1916). In later years several other papers were published, most significant for the country being Novak (1952) and Gruev (1979). In the most recent overviews Gruev (2005) listed 433 taxa for Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Löbl and Smetana (2010) reported 460 leaf beetle species for the country.
According to Gruev (2005), Löbl & Smetana (2010) and de Jong et al. (2014) in the Balkans the species is reported from Croatia, Yugoslavia (Serbia and/or Montenegro) and Slovenia.