New data on the aphid (Hemiptera, Aphididae) fauna of New Caledonia: some new biosecurity threats in a biodiversity hotspot
Nouvelles données sur la faune des Pucerons (Hemiptera, Aphididae) de Nouvelle-Calédonie: De nouvelles menaces biosécuritaires dans un hotspot de biodiversité
expand article infoChristian Mille, Hervé Jourdan§, Sylvie Cazères, Eric Maw|, Robert Foottit|
‡ Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien, La Foa, New Caledonia (Fr)
§ Aix-Marseille Université, Nouméa Cedex, New Caledonia (Fr)
| Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada Ottawa Research and Development Centre, Ottawa, Canada
† Deceased author
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Thirty-three species of aphids are now established in New Caledonia. All species appear to have been introduced accidentally by human activity in the last century. Here, 17 aphid species are recorded for the first time: Aphis eugeniae, Aphis glycines, Aphis odinae, Aulacorthum solani, Brachycaudus helichrysi, Cerataphis orchidearum, Greenidea psidii, Hyperomyzus carduellinus, Hysteroneura setariae, Lipaphis pseudobrassicae, Micromyzus katoi, Myzus ornatus, Pentalonia caladii, Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae, Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale, Schizaphis rotundiventris, and Tetraneura fusiformis. Thirteen more species are also more or less regularly intercepted at the borders through biosecurity surveys, without further establishment. This demonstrates that aphids represent a major biosecurity threat, including a threat as potential plant virus vectors. The reinforcement of biosecurity is a priority for such biodiversity hotspots, from the perspectives of both agriculture and the native environment. Prioritisation and promotion of local development of vegetable and fruit production, rather than their risky importation from abroad, is desirable. Such an approach also should be promoted and extended to other Pacific islands, which all share the lack of native aphid fauna and their associated plant disease vector risks.


Trente trois (33) espèces de pucerons sont aujourd’hui recensées de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Toutes ces espèces sont exotiques et ont été introduites accidentellement par les activités humaines. Dix-sept (17) espèces y sont ainsi recensées pour la première fois : Aphis eugeniae, Aphis glycines, Aphis odinae, Aulacorthum solani, Brachycaudus helichrysi, Cerataphis orchidearum, Greenidea psidii, Hyperomyzus carduellinus, Hysteroneura setariae, Lipaphis pseudobrassicae, Micromyzus katoi, Myzus ornatus, Pentalonia caladii, Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae, Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale, Schizaphis rotundiventris et Tetraneura fusiformis. Par ailleurs, au moins 13 autres espèces sont régulièrement interceptées par la biosécurité sans établissement actuel de populations. Les pucerons apparaissent donc comme une menace croissante pour la biosécurité de l’archipel. Aussi, le renforcement des mesures de biosécurité aux frontières apparaît prioritaire en association à une promotion du développement local de productions maraîchères et fruitières. Ainsi, la limitation de ces importations à risque, devrait contribuer à une meilleure protection des productions agricoles et de la biodiversité. Une telle approche devrait également être promue dans les pays insulaires du Pacifique, qui se caractérisent par la même disharmonie de peuplements, l’absence de communautés natives de pucerons et du risque associé de vectorisation de maladies phytopathogènes.


Aphids, biocontrol, biosecurity, invasive species, pests


Biosécurité, espèces envahissantes, lutte biologique, pucerons, ravageurs


On a worldwide scale, aphids are currently represented by 5,558 valid species in 703 genera placed in 30 subfamilies (Favret 2018). Wegierek et al. (2017) state that aphids are known since the Permian, and appear more abundantly in the fossil records from the Early Cretaceous. But today, among this rich aphid fauna, only 250 species are considered as economically significant pests (Blackman and Eastop 2006; van Emden and Harrington 2007). Aphids are able to cause direct damage (through sap sucking and honeydew production) on all plant parts, and to cause indirect damage by transmission of plant viruses, which often has a greater impact on host plants. As they can be moved easily on commodities such as fresh fruits or ornamental plants, they are considered major quarantine insects on a world scale. Dissemination of exotic phytophagous insects among countries is an expected and significant side-effect of increased trade in fresh fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants, and of tourist travel (Work et al. 2005; Hulme 2009). Establishment of exotic aphid species presents new threats to local agriculture (including the introduction of new plant viruses as aphids are well known as vectors). Adventive aphids also can result in significant restrictions in export trade (Batabyal and Beladi 2006; Dawson et al. 2017; Lohr et al. 2017; Turbelin et al. 2017). In this context, the continuation and expansion of international plant trade and human travel require sound and scientifically based phytosanitary protocols. Associated phytosanitary protocols rely on accurate and up-to-date pest species checklists, which are also essential for pest control research programs, especially for integrated pest management (IPM). Such lists also provide tools for biosecurity policies and managers (Charles and Henderson 2002; Beauvais et al. 2006). This is a particularly major issue for islands, where such introductions may have higher impacts and more serious ecological consequences, as they are depauperate of such pests and often have vacant ecological niches. The last list of aphids from New Caledonia was published in 1986 (Brun and Chazeau 1986) and an update was published by Jourdan and Mille (2006). The present checklist accounts for all encountered aphid species as well as known interceptions on fresh imported fruits and vegetables.

Materials and methods

The essential data of this work were compiled from scattered scientific literature and checklists, and from studies of curated specimens in the Collection de Référence des Invertébrés Terrestres de Nouvelle-Calédonie – Xavier Montrouzier, CXMNC (New Caledonia Terrestrial Invertebrate Reference Collection – Xavier Montrouzier), hosted at the Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien (IAC, New Caledonian Agronomic Institute), and the identification of intercepted species to update the present list. Identifications were generally achieved by the late Mrs. Rosa C. Henderson (New Zealand Arthropod Collection, NZAC, Landcare Research, Auckland, New Zealand) and Mr. Eric Maw (Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids & Nematodes, CNC, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). This updated and annotated checklist summarizes all recorded species from New Caledonia including the main island (Grande Terre) and adjacent inhabited islands; the Loyalty Islands (Lifu, Ouvéa, Maré, and Tiga), Belep Archipelago, and Isles of Pines (Figure 1). Currently valid species names are listed alphabetically, and subfamily and tribe are noted below each species. For each species, the original name of description, with author and year of description, are given. General geographic distributions are taken from the literature. Full synonymies are available on the Aphid Species File (Favret 2018). Literature records of the species in New Caledonia, host plants from literature records and local observations, biological control agents recorded in New Caledonia and observations on local distributions and economic importance are given.

Figure 1. 

Map of New Caledonia showing administrative delimitations (provinces and counties).

Abbreviations used: coll. collector, det. determiner, dep. depositories.


Five tribes within four subfamilies are represented in New Caledonia: Aphidinae (Aphidini and Macrosiphini), Greenideinae (Greenideini), Hormaphidinae (Cerataphidini), and Eriosomatinae (Eriosomatini). Species names preceded by an asterisk are new records for New Caledonia.

Current alphabetical aphid species list of New Caledonia



Aphis (Toxoptera) aurantii Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1841

Black Citrus Aphid, Camelia Aphid, Puceron noir des Agrumes.

Material examined. On Citrus sp. (Rutaceae), in June 2000, R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); La Foa County (IAC-SRFP), on leaves of Citrus sp. and same loc. on leaves of Eugenia sp. (Myrtaceae), 14.V.2003, S. Cazères coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); Sarraméa County (Réserve du Col d’Amieu) on unknown plant with orange and red young leaves, 18.X.2006, S. Cazères coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC), dep. CXMNC; Tribe of Moméa, Moindou County, on unknown plant, 12.IV.2012, S. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; Yaté County (South of the Grande Terre) in Vale-Inco Plant Nursery, 21.IV.2016 on young plant of Dodonea viscosa (L.) Jacq. (Sapindaceae), R.-M. M’Bouéri & C. Martin coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This species was first recorded by Cohic (1956) and Brun and Chazeau (1986) on Citrus spp.

It is distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics including Pacific islands, as well as in glasshouses in temperate climates (CABI 2019). This species is particularly important on citrus, cacao, coffee and tea, but also on sugar apple, fig, mango, ornamentals and some native plants (Blackman and Eastop 2000). Larval and adult ladybirds (Coccinellidae) such as Coccinella transversalis (Fabricius, 1781) or Menochilus sexmaculatus (Fabricius, 1781), both present in New Caledonia (Nattier et al. 2015), are known to feed on the species (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988; Roy and Rahman 2014). Aphidiinae wasps (Braconidae) like Aphidius colemani Vierek, 1912 present in New Caledonia can also parasitize this aphid (Kavallieratos et al. 2004).

This species is considered as a vector for the Citrus tristeza (CTV)virus, but it is not a particularly efficient one. As regulatory measures already cover the protection of citrus, a strong surveillance is needed to prevent Aphis (Toxoptera) citricidus (Kirkaldy, 1907), the Tropical Citrus Aphid, from becoming established, as it is present in all Oceania around New Caledonia (CABI 2019). With Aphis gossypii (see below), A. citricidus is the most efficient vector of CTV (O’Connor 1969; Vogel 1978). The introduction of A. citricidus could compromise the ongoing eradication of CTV, which fortunately has not yet become pandemic in New Caledonia (Stéphane Lebegin, pers. comm. 13 January 2014). CTV was mostly spread by grafting of Washington Navel oranges (François Mademba-Sy, pers. comm. 7 March 2014), a cultivar imported with the pathogen from Australia during the late 1960’s. Most of the infected scions, with or without symptoms, which were distributed to the orchardists have now been destroyed, and CTV is considered as almost eradicated from New Caledonia. This statement is of course important for the New Caledonian citrus industry. But it is also significant for the conservation of biodiversity, as New Caledonia possess some early Citrus taxa (Bayer et al. 2009; Wu et al. 2018). The failure of the establishment of the CTV in New Caledonia could be explained by the presence of a “mild strain” of the virus, as suggested by some authors (e.g., Lee and Keremane 2013) and more likely to the absence of A. citricidus.

Aphis craccivora Koch, 1854

Groundnut Aphid, Puceron noir de la Luzerne.

Material examined. Tribe of Mucaweng, Lifu County (Loyalty Islands), 14.IV.2010 on an unknown leguminous plant in a forestry garden, H. Jourdan coll., dep. CXMNC; Pouembout County, 18.IV.2012 on Solanum nigrum, C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This aphid was first recorded in New Caledonia as ‘Aphis dolichis Montrouzier, 1861’. Montrouzier (1861, p 74) found it in Lifu Island on a Fabaceae, a Dolichos which turned out to be Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp., introduced from China. ‘Aphis dolichis’ was then synonymized with A. craccivora (Renaudière and Renaudière 1997). Bordat and Daly (1995) recorded this species from New Caledonia. An Aphis species was mentioned in Cohic (1956) and Brun and Chazeau’s (1986) catalogue which was probably in part A. craccivora based on the host plant species given: strawberry (Fragaria vesca L.), tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.), beans (Phaseolus spp.), garden peas (Pisum sativum L.), eggplants (Solanum melongena L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Aphis craccivora was also recently found on the European black nightshade, Solanum nigrum L. (Solanaceae).

Common in warm temperate and tropical regions, this highly polyphagous species can colonise young growths of numerous plants, mainly on Fabaceae, and including occasional records on Poaceae. It can be also found living on Araceae, Amaranthaceae, Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Cupressaceae, Ebenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Lamiaceae, Lauraceae, Liliaceae, Malpighiaceae, Malvaceae, Moringaceae, Myrtaceae, Nyctaginaeae, Oleaceae, Orchidaceae, Pedaliaceae, Rubiaceae, Rutaceae, Sterculiaceae, and Zingiberaceae (CABI 2018).

Several natural enemies can control this species which is preyed by larvae and adults of various ladybirds (Coccinellidae) of which Coccinella transversalis, Harmonia octomaculata (Fabricius, 1850) and Menochilus sexmaculatus (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988; Sarma et al. 1996), present in New Caledonia (Nattier et al. 2015). This aphid is also known to be preyed by larvae of hoverflies (Syrphidae), especially Ischiodon scutellaris (Fabricius, 1805) (Sarma et al. 1996) and Melanostoma univittatum (Wiedemann, 1824) both present in New Caledonia (Hull 1937). Aphis craccivora is also known to be parasitized by aphidiine wasps (Braconidae) probably Aphidius colemani, which is the only species known to be present in New Caledonia, and is found on several aphid species (Starý 1975).

This species is a known vector of more than 30 plant viruses (Blackman and Eastop 1984) and must therefore be regarded as an important threat to New Caledonian crops.

*Aphis eugeniae van der Goot, 1917

Material examined. Mont-Dore County, Saint-Louis in IAC-SRMH, 23.II.2013, under the leaves of Glochidion billardieri (Baill.) Müll. Arg. (Myrtaceae), G. Karnadi coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Originating from Southeast Asia, it is recorded eastward to Pakistan (Naumann-Etienne and Remaudière 1995), it is also known from Australia (Eastop 1966), Florida in 2011 (Skvarla et al. 2017) and Hawai’i (on Apocynaceae and Rosaceae; Foottit et al. 2012). It occurs most commonly on woody Euphorbiaceae, e.g., Glochidion, but has been recorded from plants in at least six other families (Blackman and Eastop 2006, 2020).

*Aphis glycines Matsumura, 1917

Soybean Aphid, Puceron du Soja.

Material examined. Boulouparis County (La Ouenghi) in an Adecal Technopole experimental plot, 23.II.2012, on Glycine max (L.) Merr. (Soybean, Fabaceae), S. Cazères & C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Originating from Asia, this almost cosmopolitan species is now present in the USA (Voegtlin et al. 2004), in Canada and in eastern Australia since 2000 (M. J. Fletcher, pers. comm. 2000). It is mainly on soybean and wild Glycine spp. and other Fabaceae.

Some ladybirds, of which Harmonia octomaculata and/or Coccinella transversalis, appear to be very active against this aphid (personal observation in September 2012 by one of us, CM).

Aphis gossypii Glover, 1877

Cotton Aphid, Melon Aphid, Puceron du Cotonnier.

Material examined. La Foa County (IAC-SRFP), on leaves of Citrus sp. 22.IV.2003, S. Cazères coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); same loc. on young leaves of Psidium guajava L. (Myrtaceae), 1.IV.2004, S. Cazères coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); same loc. on Cucurbita pepo L. (Cucurbitaceae), 2.VIII.2006, J. Marin coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); same loc. on leaves of Euphorbia hirta L. (Euphorbiaceae), 29.XI.2008, C. Mille coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); Nouméa County, on unknown plant (round leaves), 21.I.2009, J. Marin coll., Rosa Henderson det. (NZAC); Nouméa County (Ouémo), on Ocimum basilicum L. (Lamiaceae), 16.VI.12, M. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; Pouembout County, on Curcubitaceae, 11.VII.2013, C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); Ouégoa County (North of the Grande Terre), on Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott leaves, 17.I.2014, E. Kastavi coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); La Foa County (Fonwhary), on C. esculenta leaves, 20.I.2014, L. Nemebreux coll., same loc. and same plant, 23.I.2013, S. Cazères & J. Brinon coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); Nouméa County (Ouémo), on O. basilicum leaves, 15.VI.2015, H. Jourdan coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); La Foa County (IAC-SRAP), on O. basilicum leaves, 3.VIII.2015, L. Marchal coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); Yaté County (South of the Grande Terre) in Vale-Inco Plant Nursery, on Myodocarpus fraxinifolius Brongn. & Gris (Myodocarpaceae), Hibbertia pancheri (Pancher & Sebert) Briquet (Dilleniaceae) and young plants of Tarenna sp. (Rubiaceae), 10.IX.2015, C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia. This highly polyphagous species is mainly found on Cucurbitaceae, Rutaceae, and Malvaceae. In addition to the plants given above, there are New Caledonian records from Apiaceae (Apium graveolens L., Daucus carota L.), Apocynaceae (Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don), Araceae (Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don, Caladium bicolor (Aiton) Vent., Xanthosoma sagittifolium (L.) Schott), Asteraceae (Dahlia spp., Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.), Cucurbitaceae (Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsumura and Nakai, Cucumis spp., Sechium edule (Jacq.) Swartz), Malvaceae (Gossypium spp., Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L.) and Rutaceae (Citrus spp.) (Brun and Chazeau 1986).

This cosmopolitan species is very common in the tropics and the Pacific region (Blackman and Eastop 2007). It is a major pest of cotton and cucurbits. Aphis gossypii transmits at least 76 plant viruses (Chan et al. 1991). Its natural enemies are larvae and adults of ladybirds (Coccinellidae) such as Menochilus sexmaculatus and Coccinella transversalis (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988). The ladybird Diomus notescens (Blackburn, 1888) is known to prey on Aphis gossypii (Hopkinson et al. 2016) and also by Micraspis frenata (Erichson, 1842) and Coelophora inaequalis (Fabricius, 1775), all three being present in New Caledonia (Nattier et al. 2015). It can be also controlled by hoverfly larvae (Syrphidae) and Aphidiinae wasps (Braconidae), especially Aphidius colemani.

This species regularly causes local heavy damage on various cultivated plants in New Caledonia and is therefore the most important pest aphid species in the country. This is also the main aphid species regularly surveyed for virus transmission in New Caledonia. Aphis gossypii also is considered as a good CTV vector (Cambra et al. 2000) although its efficiency is estimated between 6 and 25 times less effective than Aphis citricidus (Halbert and Brown 1998). Thus, the occurrence of Aphis gossypii and A. aurantii in New Caledonia poses an important threat for New Caledonian citrus crops which represent 53% of all perennial fruit species grown in the country (Anonymous 2010), and to the ongoing CTV eradication program. However, preventing the establishment of Aphis citricidus (see above, under A. aurantii) is the most important issue with regards to spread of CTV.

Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1841

Oleander Aphid, Puceron du Laurier rose.

Material examined. Farino County, 29.IV.2004 on Asclepias physocarpus Schlechter (Apocynaceae), S. Cazères coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC).

Remarks. Cohic (1956) first recorded this species in New Caledonia, and Brun and Chazeau (1986) found it on the Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica L. It was also collected on Asclepias physocarpus by one of us (SC).

Widely distributed through the tropical to warm temperate regions or subtropical areas including many Pacific islands. Its main hosts are Apocynaceae, especially Nerium oleander L., but it can also be found on Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, Euphorbiaceae and Solanaceae. In Florida, it is occasionally observed on citrus (Rutaceae) without any damage (S. Halbert, pers. comm. 10 December 2019).

As for other aphids, predatory insects such as larvae and adults of the ladybirds (Coccinellidae) Menochilus sexmaculatus (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988), the hoverfly larvae of Ischiodon scutellaris (Syrphidae) and lacewings of which two the two widespread species Eumicromus tasmaniae (Walker, 1860) and Mallada basalis (Walker, 1853) (respectively Hemerobiidae and Chrysopidae) can control the populations in New Caledonia. Aphidius colemani wasps (Aphidiinae, Braconidae) are also known to parasitize the colonies of this aphid (Messing and Rabasse 1995).

The Oleander Aphid is able to transmit several viruses including SMV and PRSV which are respectively the Sugarcane mosaic potyvirus and the Papaya ringspot potyvirus (McAuslane 2017). However, the main concern with this species is its large and unsightly outbreaks on milkweeds. The damage caused by its colonies is mainly aesthetic due to the large amounts of sooty mould produced on plants.

*Aphis odinae (van der Goot, 1917)

Mango Aphid, Puceron du Manguier.

Material examined. On Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi (Anacardiaceae), 9.IX.2011, C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; Nouméa County 4.XI.2015, on Mangifera indica L. (Anacardiaceae), F. Gimat coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This species feeds on the undersides of leaves along main veins in dense colonies, attended by ants. It is commonly observed throughout the Old World tropics and subtropics on numerous plant species especially of the families Anacardiaceae, Araliaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ericaceae, Rubiaceae, and Rutaceae. Aphis odinae is commonly grey-brown to rust-brown in colour, especially in Old World Tropics and in subtropics (Blackman et al. 2011) such as in New Caledonia. However, some much darker forms occur in Asia and a dark green form is found in Japan (Blackman et al. 2011). It has not yet been implicated in the transmission of any plant virus (Blackman and Eastop 1984).

Aphis spiraecola Patch, 1914

Spirea Aphid, Green Citrus Aphid, Puceron des Spirées.

Material examined. Mont-Dore County (Saint-Louis) in IAC-SRA, 3.VIII.2004 on Pittosporum coccineum (Montrouz.) Beauvis. (Pittosporaceae), G. Gâteblé coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC), dep. CXMNC; same loc. 31.I.2006 on Artia balansae (Baill.) Pichon (Apocynaceae), G. Gâteblé coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC); same loc. 7.VIII.2013 on Ixora cauliflora Montrouz. (Rubiaceae), E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This polyphagous species was first recorded in New Caledonia on Citrus spp. by Jourdan and Mille (2006). It is recorded from Araceae, Araliaceae, Convolvulaceae, Fabaceae, Lythraceae, Magnoliaceae, Nyctaginaeceae, Rutaceae, Solanaceae and Verbanaceae, but occurs especially on Asteraceae, Caprifoliaceae, and Rosaceae. It has an almost cosmopolitan distribution.

Most predatory insects of this aphid are the adults and larvae of the ladybird Harmonia octomaculata (Coccinellidae) and the larvae of the hoverfly Ischiodon scutellaris (Syrphidae). Also, Aphidius colemani (Braconidae, Aphidiinae) parasitizes this aphid (Tomanović et al. 2009).

In many countries, the Green Citrus Aphid is the most damaging species to the citrus fruit industry. In addition to direct damage and the production of honeydew, which favors the development of sooty moulds, this pest constitutes also a potential vector of the CTV (Kalaitzaki et al. 2019).



Astegopteryx bambusae (Buckton, 1893)

Bamboo leaf Aphid, Puceron des feuilles du Bambou.

Remarks. This species was first recorded in New Caledonia by Dr Paul Cochereau in the 60’s on Bambusa spp. (Brun and Chazeau 1986). Astegopteryx bambusae occurs throughout East and South-East Asia, generally colonising the undersides of the leaves of bamboos.

Known natural enemies are the coccinellids Anisolemnia dilatata (Fabricius) and Synonycha grandis (Thunberg), both absent from New Caledonia (Nattier et al. 2015).



*Aulacorthum solani (Kaltenbach, 1843)

Foxglove Aphid, Puceron à taches vertes de la Pomme de terre.

Material examined. La Foa County (IAC-SRFP), 11.V.2007 on leaves and fruits of Capsicum annuum L. (Solanaceae), P. Caplong coll.; Poindimié County (Wagap), 17.VII.2007 on Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam. (Convolvulaceae), D. Varin coll., both identified by R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This cosmopolitan and very polyphagous aphid is present on many different families of plants and it is a common pest in glasshouses. Aulacorthum solani transmits at least 45 plant viruses (Chan et al. 1991). Further investigations of this species in New Caledonia are needed with respect to plant virus transmission.

*Brachycaudus helichrysi (Kaltenbach, 1843)

Leaf-curling Plum Aphid, Puceron vert du Prunier.

Material examined. La Foa County (IAC-SRFP), 16.VI.2015 on leaves of Ageratum conyzoides L. (Asteraceae), S. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Today, this species is globally distributed. Its primary hosts are Prunus spp. (Rosaceae), and its secondary hosts are numerous species of Asteraceae, Boraginaceae and sometimes Fabaceae, as well as many ornamental plants.

The only ladybird cited to feed on this aphid and present in New Caledonia is Menochilus sexmaculatus (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988). Regarding syrphid flies, Melanostoma univittatum, present in New Caledonia (Hull 1937), is known to prey on this aphid. This aphid is also parasitized by Aphidius colemani, also present in New Caledonia (Starý 1975).

It is involved in the transmission of several plant viruses, including the Cucumber mosaic virus (Blackman and Eastop 1984).

Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cabbage Aphid, Puceron cendré du Chou.

Remarks. Restricted to the members of the Brassicaceae, Cohic (1956) and Brun and Chazeau (1986) recorded this species in New Caledonia on cabbage (Brassica spp.) and on radish (Raphanus sativus L.). This species is distributed in all temperate and warm parts of the world.

As predators of this aphid species, Agarwala and Ghosh (1988) cite several ladybird species but the only one present in New Caledonia is Coccinella transversalis (Coccinellidae). Joshi and Ballal (2013) indicate that Ischiodon scutellaris is a good predator of this aphid. Diaeretiella rapae (M’Intosh, 1855) (Braconidae, Aphidiinae) is known to parasitize B. brassicae but is absent from New Caledonia (Lopez et al. 2016); this beneficial species could be a good candidate to enhance the biological control of this aphid.

It is an important pest on Brassicaceae and has been involved in the transmission of at least 20 plant viruses (Blackman and Eastop 1984).

Capitophorus elaeagni (del Guercio, 1894)

Artichoke Aphid, Puceron vert de l’Artichaut.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on the Artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus L.) and on the Barberton daisy (Gerbera spp.), both Asteraceae. Widely distributed through the temperate and warm temperate regions of the world (Blackman and Eastop 2000). The populations are mainly on undersides of leaves, but some are also observed on upper sides of young leaves. It is also reported on Polygonaceae.

Some entomopathogenic fungi can limit the importance of the colonies (Jouda et al. 2010).



Cerataphis lataniae (Boisduval, 1867)

Latania Aphid, Puceron du Latanier.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia only on palms of Cocos nucifera (Arecaceae). Outside of tropical regions, Cerataphis lataniae is known in most of Europe (Areca and Musa spp., respectively Arecaceae and Musaceae), in Asia region, in North, Central and South America and Oceania. It appears to be widespread on palms, especially Latania spp. and other fan-palms, Raphia spp. and the coconut tree, through the tropics and in glasshouses. Pérez Hidalgo et al. (2000) signal this species as introduced in the Canary Isles, where it also colonizes Strelitzia alba (L.f.) Skeels (Strelitziaceae).

This species is not a major phytosanitary problem, but it has spread globally.

However, there is much confusion in the literature between this species and its close relative Cerataphis brasilensis (Hempel, 1901), which is also widely distributed and colonises various palms including coconuts, so the identity of the species in New Caledonia needs further verification.

*Cerataphis orchidearum (Westwood, 1879)

Orchid Aphid, Puceron des Orchidées.

Material examined. Lifu Island County (Loyalty Islands), 23.III.2012 on Vanilla sp. (Orchidaceae), J-P. Lolo coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; Maré Island County (Loyalty Islands), 6.VIII.2012 on Vanilla sp., C. Mille coll., det. S. Cazères, dep. CXMNC; Maré Island County (Loyalty Islands), 3.IV.2013 on Vanilla sp., J. Drouin coll., det. S. Cazères, dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This pantropical species is found on various Orchidaceae in the tropics, and in European and North American glasshouses.



*Greenidea psidii van der Goot, 1917

Asian Guava Aphid, Puceron asiatique du Goyavier.

Material examined. Tribe of Moméa, Moindou County, 12.IV.2012 by beating an unknown myrtle plant (Myrtaceae), S. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This aphid is an invasive pest that feeds on young shoots and undersides of young leaves of ecologically and economically important plants of the family Myrtaceae: Psidium guajava L., Rhodomyrtus spp., Eugenia spp., Melaleuca spp., Plinia spp. Originating from the Indo-Asian region, this species is now widely distributed in temperate and tropical regions, including Australia in the vicinity of New Caledonia (Blackman and Eastop 1994). It is also reported in Hawai’i (Beardsley 1993).

Potential natural enemies of this invasive aphid include Chrysopidae, Coccinellidae and Braconidae (Culik et al. 2016).



*Hyperomyzus carduellinus (Theobald, 1915)

Asian Sowthistle Aphid.

Material examined. Tribe of Hnae, Tiga (Loyalty Islands), 11.IV.2017, collected on Sonchus oleraceus L. (Asteraceae) in a garden, R.-M. M’Bouéri coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This species is widely distributed in warm temperate and subtropical parts of the world including Australia, Fiji Islands and Hawai’i, and colonises many genera of Asteraceae.

The fungus Pandora neoaphidis is known to infect up to 70% of Hyperomyzus carduellinus populations in Argentina (Manfrino et al. 2013) but is absent from New Caledonia.

Hyperomyzus lactucae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Currant-sowthistle Aphid, Puceron des feuilles du Groseillier et de la Laitue.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on Sonchus spp., (Asteraceae). It is now distributed all over the world except Southern Africa, feeding on new shoots and undersides of young leaves of Sonchus spp., which curl slightly and show yellow spots. It is occasionally found on other Asteraceae.

The ladybird Coelophora mulsanti is known to prey on this aphid in New Caledonia (Sallée and Chazeau 1985). There are no New Caledonian records of hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) or hymenopterous parasitoids attacking this aphid.

It is the vector of approximately 12 non-persistent viruses (Boakye and Randles 1974).



*Hysteroneura setariae (Thomas, 1878)

Rusty Plum Aphid, Puceron brun du Prunier.

Material examined. Nouméa County in PANC (Port Autonome de Nouvelle-Calédonie), 19.V.2015, on Paspalum digitatum (Sw.) Kunth (Poaceae), F. Gimat coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; same loc. on an unknown plant, 7.III.2016, L. Sariman coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Detected on Paspalum digitatum in large numbers in New Caledonia, elsewhere it is also known on many other Poaceae species such as rice (Oryza sativa L.), sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.), Sorghum spp. and some species of Cyperaceae. It is native of North America but is now distributed in many countries and regions of the world after a rapid spread as in Europe (Coeur d’acier et al. 2010). It is also present in regions near New Caledonia, such as Australia, Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Indonesia (Nasruddin 2013).

If this newly arrived species becomes a pest, larvae and adults of ladybirds (Coccinellidae) present in New Caledonia such as Coccinella transversalis or Menochilus sexmaculatus (Nattier et al. 2015) are known to feed on this species and are used in banker plant systems to maintain some predator populations near to crops for protection (Rattanapun 2017).



*Lipaphis pseudobrassicae (Davis, 1914)

Turnip Aphid, Puceron de la Moutarde.

Material examined. La Foa County (Nili), 16.VIII.2011 on “rocket” (Eruca sativa Mill., Brassicaceae) on a hydroponic kit, C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. The Turnip Aphid is also recorded on many genera and species of Brassicaceae and is widespread in the world (Blackman and Eastop 2000).

Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas, 1878)

Potato Aphid, Puceron vert et rose de la Pomme de terre.

Remarks. Cohic (1958a) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L., Solanaceae). This cosmopolitan and polyphagous species feeds on over 200 plant species and can transmit at least 67 plant viruses (Chan et al. 1991). It should be monitored closely in New Caledonia because of its potential to become a serious pest.

The known beneficial agents against this aphid are not recorded from New Caledonia, but some of the present ones probably play an important role in its control. Some entomopathogenic fungi have also shown some promising clues for the biological control in greenhouses (Fournier and Brodeur 1999).

Cohic (1958a) rated this species as a very important pest on tomato during dry seasons, but there is no current information. The most dangerous activity of this aphid is the transmission of phytopathogenic viruses, especially the Potato Y virus (PYV) and the Beet yellow virus (BYV). Fortunately, the Potato Aphid does not transmit the Tomato yellow leafcurl virus (TYLCV) recently detected in New Caledonia (Péréfarres et al. 2012).

Macrosiphum rosae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Rose Aphid, Puceron vert du Rosier.

Material examined. Bourail County (Gouaro), 19.X.2006 on young leaves of Rosa spp. S. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Cohic (1956) and Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on Rosa spp. (Rosaceae). This species is widespread in most of the world on cultivated roses, except Japan and southeast Asia. Secondary hosts are Dipsacaceae and Valerianaceae. Blackman and Eastop (2000) also recorded it on other Rosaceae (Fragaria spp., Geum spp., Pyrus spp., Malus spp., Rubus spp.) and on Onagraceae (Chamaenerion spp., Epilobium spp.).

In New Caledonia, the known present beneficial agents are Coccinella transversalis (Coccinellidae), Eumicromus tasmaniae (Neuroptera, Hemerobiidae) and the entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium lecanii.

This species is able to transmit at least 12 plant viruses including the persistent Strawberry mild yellow edge virus and should therefore be regularly checked in the New Caledonian context, but it is not a vector of the Rose mosaic virus (Blackman and Eastop 1984).

*Micromyzus katoi (Takahashi, 1925)

Material examined. Lifu Island County (Loyalty Islands), 14.IV.2010, on ferns (Polypodiaceae) in an agro-forestry garden, H. Jourdan coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. This species is recorded from Australia, Hawai’i, Indonesia, and Taiwan. It is observed on undersides of fronds of several genera of Polypodiaceae ferns of the genera Microsorum, Platycerium, and Polypodium.

*Myzus ornatus Laing, 1932

Ornate Aphid, Puceron orné.

Material examined. La Foa County (Nili), 1.VII.2015 on the Liliaceae Lilium sp. (orange flower), Z. Lemerre Desprez coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Myzus ornatus is widespread throughout the world, probably because of commercial trade in ornamental plants. It is a very polyphagous species. Besides the Liliaceae, it infests plant species in Apiaceae, Asteraceae, Bignoniaceae, Brassicaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Lamiaceae, Polygonaceae, Primulaceae, Rosaceae, Solanaceae and Violaceae.

It is regarded as a pest of various plants because it transmits at least 20 plant viruses, including Potato leaf roll virus.

Myzus persicae (Sulzer, 1776)

Green Peach Aphid, Puceron vert du Pêcher.

Material examined. La Foa County (Pocquereux), 31.VIII.2015 on Solanum tuberosum L. (Red Pascal cv, Solanaceae), N. Hugot coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC; La Foa County, 15.IX.2015 on Solanum tuberosum, N. Hugot coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); Dumbéa County at Nondoué Farm, 12.IX.2016 on Brassica oleracea L. (Brassicaceae), C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. Cohic (1956) and Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on Brassica spp., Citrus spp., Prunus persica, and Solanum melongena (respectively Brassicaceae, Rutaceae, Rosaceae, and Solanaceae). This almost cosmopolitan species is highly polyphagous, recorded from more than 40 plant families.

Sharanabasappa et al. (2007) have shown the potential of predation of this aphid by the hoverfly Ischiodon scutellaris. The two species of ladybirds cited as predators of M. persicae by Agarwala and Ghosh (1988) and present in New Caledonia are Harmonia octomaculata and Menochilus sexmaculatus (Nattier et al. 2015). Aphidius colemani (Braconidae, Aphidiinae) is known to be a very effective parasitoid against M. persicae (Messing and Rabasse 1995). Some predatory midges (Cecidomyiidae) have been collected in 2000 but without a formal identification to date. In greenhouse-grown vegetables in Europe, there has been considerable success using the entomopathogenic fungus Verticillium sp. (Mackauer 1968).

The Green Peach Aphid is the most important virus vector as it is able to transmit at least 182–200 plant viruses (Kennedy et al. 1962; Chan et al. 1991). In 2017, this species was the most intercepted aphid species, with 89 specimens among 192 intercepted aphids during 20 events of interceptions on fresh fruits and vegetables imported into New Caledonia (Cazères and Mille 2018).

*Pentalonia caladii van der Goot, 1917

Cardamom Aphid, Puceron de la Cardamome.

Material examined. Dumbéa County at Nondoué Farm, 12.IX.2016 on Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott (Araceae), C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. Pentalonia caladii was discovered in New Caledonia following the advice of Ross Miller of the University of Guam (R. Miller, pers. comm. 10 December 2010). This species is found on plants in the families of Zingiberaceae and Araceae, or occasionally on plants in other families (Heliconiaceae, Musaceae). It is widely distributed throughout the South Pacific, and is also known in China (Hong Kong), Australia and in glasshouses of the Northern Hemisphere.

Its known natural enemies are ladybird larvae and adults (Coccinellidae) and hoverfly larvae (Syrphidae).

It is known to be a Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) vector (Watanabe et al. 2013). These authors add that the role played by P. caladii in the BBTV transmission would need some further studies. This species has been long regarded as a synonym of P. nigronervosa, or as a “form” of that species, but molecular and multivariate studies by Foottit et al. (2010) have shown that it should be treated as a distinct species.

Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel, 1859

Banana Aphid, Puceron noir du Bananier.

Material examined. Poindimié County (North East of Grande Terre), 28.XI.2011 on Musa sp. (Musaceae), I. Murcia coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC), dep. CXMNC; Dumbéa County at Nondoué Farm, 12.IX.2016 on Musa sp., C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. It was recorded officially by Jourdan and Mille (2006) but was first identified in 1991 by François Leclant from specimens collected in La Foa County (Pocquereux Valley). This pantropical species is widespread through all tropical and subtropical parts of the world, and is introduced into glasshouses in Europe and North America. It occurs on other members of the families Musaceae (Musa spp.) and possibly Heliconiaceae (Heliconia spp.), although some records may be due to past confusion with P. caladii.

This relatively recent arrival is unexpected, as banana trees have been moved around in the Pacific Region for the last 3,000 years. It only took ten years after the discovery of the aphid for the outbreak of the BBTV that was not detected in the original population of banana aphids. This sad example illustrates the high importance of sound quarantine policy regarding allowance of plants that might arbor viruses that are absent, when a potential vector already is present. The importance of this species in New Caledonia dramatically increased in 2001 with the discovery of BBTV (Kagy et al. 2001). It also is able to transmit Banana mosaic, Abaca bunchy top, and Cardamom mosaic viruses. Importantly, it is the sole vector of BBTV in Australia, Africa and Asia. The aphids can be found living under the old leaf bases, sometimes ant-attended (Blackman and Eastop 2000). Pentalonia nigronervosa was not recorded in Brun and Chazeau’s catalogue (1986). It was identified formally in 1991 in the Pocquereux Fruit Research Station (Mille 2000). Prior to 1999, the date of the discovery of the BBTV in New Caledonia (Kagy et al. 2001), P. nigronervosa was not significant to banana crops, but then it became an important pest, as it was partly responsible of the spread of the BBTV throughout the country.



Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch, 1856)

Maize Aphid, Corn Leaf Aphid, Puceron vert du Maïs.

Material examined. Boulouparis County (La Ouenghi) in an Adecal Technopole experimental plot, 23.II.2012, on maize (Zea mays L., Poaceae), S. Cazères & C. Mille coll., E. Maw det. (CNC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia on the Poaceae Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench and maize (Zea mays L.). This cosmopolitan species is found on young leaves of grasses including the genera Avena, Hordeum, Oryza, Saccharum, Secale, Sorghum, Triticum, Zea, and occasionally Cyperaceae and Typhaceae (Blackman and Eastop 2000).

This aphid is preyed on by larval and adult ladybird species Coccinella transversalis and Menochilus sexmaculatus (Coccinellidae) (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988), and by the hoverfly larvae Ischiodon scutellaris (Syrphidae) (Ghorpadé 1981). It is also parasitized by the wasp Aphidius colemani (Braconidae, Aphidiinae).

This is probably the most important pest of cereals in tropical and warm climates because it can transmit the pathogens in the yellow dwarf virus complex and at least five other viruses (Blackman and Eastop 2000). It causes a longitudinally rolling of the last leaf during growth and secretes abundant honeydew on which sooty mould develops.

*Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae (Linnaeus, 1761)

Water Lily Aphid, Puceron noir du Nénuphar.

Material examined. Mont-Dore County (Saint-Louis) in IAC-SRMH/Biofabrique D.D.R. (Beneficials rearing factory, Direction du Développement Rural, Southern Province), 12.XI.2013 and 5.XII.2013 on the invasive waterfern Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitch. (Salviniaceae), B. Gatimel coll., E. Maw det. (CNC); Bourail County (Gouaro), 28.III.2016 on Nymphaea sp. (purple flower, Nymphaeaceae), S. Cazères coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This almost cosmopolitan species forms colonies which occur on a large variety of water plant genera as Alisma, Butomus, Callitriche, Echinodorus, Juncus, Nelumbo, Nuphar, Nymphaea, Potamogeton, Sagittaria, Sparganium, Triglochin, Typha, etc. Its primary hosts are Prunus spp. (Rosaceae), but in the tropics it is probably entirely anholocyclic.

The two genera Coccinella and Harmonia represented in New Caledonia (Nattier et al. 2015) are known to prey on this aphid species (Agarwala and Ghosh 1988), which is also parasitised by Aphidius colemani (Braconidae, Aphidiinae) (Tomanović et al. 2012).

Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae has been used for biological control of water weeds in rice plots (Oraze and Grigarick 1992).

Rhopalosiphum padi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bird Cherry-Oat Aphid, Puceron du Merisier à grappes.

Remarks. Brun and Chazeau (1986) first recorded this species in New Caledonia living on the two Poaceae species Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench (“Sorghum vulgare”) and maize (Zea mays L.). This species is now virtually cosmopolitan. Primary hosts are Prunus spp. and secondary hosts are numerous species of Poaceae, including all the major cereals and pasture grasses.

Sallée and Chazeau (1985) studied the New Caledonian endemic ladybird Coelophora mulsanti (Montrouzier, 1861) (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) as a predator of Rhopalosiphum padi. Aphidius colemani is also known to control this aphid species (Elliott et al. 1994; Hullé et al. 2006).

This aphid is known to transmit pathogens in the yellow dwarf virus complex (D’Arcy et al. 1981), which is absent from New Caledonia, but present in Australia and New Zealand (Smith 1964).

*Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale (Sasaki, 1899)

Rice Root Aphid, Red Rice Root Aphid.

Material examined. Tribe of Mou, Lifu Island (Loyalty Islands), 03.XI.2017, on roots of some hydroponic lettuce (Lactuca sativa L., Asteraceae) D. Pastou coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This species appears to be Oriental and was first described from Japan, but it is now almost cosmopolitan. Remaudière and Etienne (1988) documented its presence on Réunion Island, which could explain a potential pathway of the species for its arrival in New Caledonia. This pathway is already observed for some scale insects (Mille et al. 2016a). It is known to be on underground parts of numerous species of Poaceae (sugarcane, oats, barley, millet, and wheat), Cyperaceae and some dicotyledons, particularly Solanaceae (eggplant, potato, tomato, tobacco and capsicum), also marrow and cotton.

The entomopathogenic fungus Verticillium lecanii, known to be present in New Caledonia (Mille 2011; Mille et al. 2016a), has been recorded on this aphid (Etzel and Petitt 1992). Some predators and parasitoids are cited (Yano et al. 1983) but do not seem to be efficient against this species.

The Rice Root Aphid has a very broad host plant range, having been recorded from 22 plant families. Like the previous aphid species, this one uses Prunus spp. (Rosaceae) as primary hosts in east Asia (Blackman and Eastop 2000) and in Southern Europe (Rakauskas et al. 2015). It is known to be a vector of Barley yellow dwarf virus (Paliwal 1980), Cereal yellow dwarf virus (Hadi et al. 2011), Maize mosaic virus in India (Singh 1977), and Sugarcane mosaic virus also in India (Shukla and Sinha 2009). It is thought to be a non-persistent vector of the Cucumber mosaic virus, causing serious damages on tobacco in Taiwan (Chen and Weng 1969). The present development of grain crops, especially rice and wheat, in New Caledonia, in order to minimize imports, could be threatened by these viruses. Strong phytosanitary regulations are needed to avoid their introduction.

*Schizaphis rotundiventris (Signoret, 1860)

Oil Palm Aphid.

Material examined. Tribe of Hwadrilla, Ouvéa Island (Loyalty Islands), 13.III.017, from Winkler traps in a garden, E. Bourguet coll., E. Maw det. (CNC).

Remarks. This species is considered nearly cosmopolitan (Skvarla et al. 2018). Its origin is uncertain, but sexual forms occur on pear trees (Pyrus communis) on the southern flanks of the Himalayan Mountains (Naumann-Etienne and Remaudière 1995). In other parts of the world Schizaphis rotundiventris lives all year around on secondary hosts, mainly on Cyperaceae but sometimes on other monocotyledons (Remaudière and Etienne 1988).

Toxares macrosiphophagum Shuja-Uddin, 1974 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Aphidiinae) and an unknown species of Aphidius are known from India on this aphid (Starý and Ghosh 1983). These two species could be candidates for the development of a biological control measure if S. rotundiventris becomes a pest in New Caledonia.

As this species was caught in Winklers traps during an invasive insect survey in the Loyalty Islands, its presence on the Grande Terre should be investigated.



*Tetraneura fusiformis Matsumura, 1917

Root Aphid, Puceron des racines.

Material examined. Mont-Dore County, Rivière des Pirogues (South of the Grande Terre) at the Champalou Farm, 8.V.2007 on the roots of Paspalum paniculatum L. (Poaceae), P. Caplong coll., R.C. Henderson det. (NZAC), dep. CXMNC.

Remarks. It is also recorded in Africa, Central and South America, Australia, Fiji Islands, South and East Asia and Tonga (Foottit et al. 2012). Tetraneura fusiformis is known in colonies on roots of many genera and species of Poaceae (Agropyron, Axonopus, Cenchrus, Chloris, Cynodon, Dactyloctenium, Echinochloa, Eleusine, Eragrostis, Oryza, Panicum, Paspalum, Pennisetum, Saccharum, Setaria, Sorghum). Its presence is often indicated by a reddish-purple discoloration of the leaves.

We have recorded 33 species from New Caledonia. To date, all these species appear exotic to the archipelago. Among them, 17 are formally recorded for the first time in New Caledonia.

An overview of all species is compilated in Table 1. The aphid species recorded from endemic New Caledonian plants are listed in Table 2, and Table 3 summarizes information about the beneficial species mentioned in the text.

Table 1.

List of the 33 aphid species in New Caledonia. First records are in bold.

Subfamilies Tribes Species Biogeographic region of origin and record
Aphidinae Aphidini Aphis aurantii (Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1841) Probably Oriental, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Aphis craccivora Koch, 1854 Palaearctic, Bordat and Daly (1995), Jourdan and Mille (2006)
Aphis eugeniae van der Goot, 1917 Oriental
Aphis glycines Matsumura, 1917 Oriental
Aphis gossypii Glover, 1877 Oriental, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1841 Eastern Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Aphis odinae (van der Goot, 1917) Oriental and in South Africa
Aphis spiraecola Patch, 1914 Eastern Palaearctic, Jourdan and Mille (2006)
Hysteroneura setariae (Thomas, 1878) Nearctic
Rhopalosiphum maidis (Fitch, 1856) Central Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae (Linnaeus, 1761) Palaearctic
Rhopalosiphum padi (Linnaeus, 1758) Nearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale (Sasaki,1899) Eastern Palaearctic, in the Loyalty Islands only
Schizaphis rotundiventris (Signoret, 1860) Cryptogenic, in the Loyalty Islands only
Macrosiphini Aulacorthum solani (Kaltenbach, 1843) Western Palaearctic
Brachycaudus helichrysi (Kaltenbach, 1843) Palaearctic
Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758) Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Capitophorus elaeagni (del Guercio, 1894) Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Hyperomyzus carduellinus (Theobald, 1915) Eastern Palaearctic (Asia), in the Loyalty Islands only
Hyperomyzus lactucae (Linnaeus, 1758) Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Lipaphis pseudobrassicae (Davis, 1914) Western Palaearctic
Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas, 1878) Nearctic (North America), Cohic (1958a)
Macrosiphum rosae (Linnaeus, 1758) Western Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Micromyzus katoi (Takahashi, 1925) Oriental
Myzus ornatus Laing, 1932 Palaearctic
Myzus persicae (Sulzer, 1776) Eastern Palaearctic, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Pentalonia caladii van der Goot, 1917 Oriental
Pentalonia nigronervosa Coquerel, 1859 Oriental, first detected in 1991, Jourdan and Mille (2006)
Greenideinae Greenideini Greenidea psidii van der Goot, 1917 Oriental
Hormaphidinae Cerataphidini Astegopteryx bambusae (Buckton, 1893) Oriental, first detected in the sixties, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Cerataphis lataniae (Boisduval, 1867) Oriental, Brun and Chazeau (1986)
Cerataphis orchidearum (Westwood, 1879) Oriental
Eriosomatinae Eriosomatini Tetraneura fusiformis Matsumura, 1917 Eastern Palaearctic
Table 2.

List of New Caledonian endemic hostplants and their associated aphid species.

Aphid species Host-plants species (families)
Aphis aurantii Dodonea viscosa (Sapindaceae)
Aphis eugeniae Glochidion billardieri (Myrtaceae)
Aphis gossypii Hibbertia pancheri (Dilleniaceae)
Myodocarpus fraxinifolius (Myodocarpaceae)
Tarenna spp. (Rubiaceae)
Aphis spiraecola Artia balansae (Apocynaceae)
Ixora cauliflora (Rubiaceae)
Pittosporum coccineum (Pittosporaceae)
Table 3.

Aphid natural enemies in New Caledonia (after Mille 2011; Nattier et al. 2015; Starý 1975).

Orders Families Species Origins Preys/Hosts
Coleoptera Coccinellidae Apolinus lividigaster (Mulsant, 1853) Australasian (only known from Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia) An aphid predator specialist
Coccinella transversalis Fabricius, 1781 Australasian A polyphagous predator of Aphididae, Psyllidae and Coccoidea
Coelophora inaequalis (Fabricius, 1775) Australasian A polyphagous predator of Aphididae and Coccoidea
Coelophora mulsanti (Montrouzier, 1861) Australasian A polyphagous predator in natural habitats but also in rangeland and disturbed areas, its preys are psyllids, aphids (Cerataphis spp.), and lepidopterous eggs
Harmonia octomaculata (Fabricius, 1781) = Harmonia arcuata Australasian, also known from South Africa A polyphagous predator of hemiptera including cicadellidae, Aphididae (Rhopalosiphum maidis) and Psyllidae
Menochilus sexmaculatus (Fabricius, 1781) Australasian (known from India to Japan and from Western Australia to Lord Howe Island) Known to prey on Aphis gossypii and Myzus persicae
Micraspis frenata (Erichson, 1842) Australasian A hemipterous predator including psyllids, aphids and cicadellids
Diptera Syrphidae Ischiodon scutellaris (Fabricius, 1805) Oriental Numerous species of aphids
Hymenoptera Braconidae Aphidius colemani Viereck, 1912* Oriental and Australasian Aphidinae aphids
Neuroptera Chrysopidae Mallada basalis (Walker, 1853) Australasian Numerous species of aphids
Hemerobiidae Eumicromus tasmaniae (Walker, 1860) Australasian Numerous species of aphids


The paucity of native aphids reflects a general property of New Caledonian fauna as already pointed out by previous authors (Zimmerman 1948; Gressitt 1971; Chazeau 1993; Grandcolas et al. 2008), which is a lack of groups that are well represented around the world, and especially with respect to Stenorrhyncha, as already noted (Mille et al. 2016a) for the Coccomorpha. In addition, related predators such as Coccinellidae, especially the coccidivorous and aphidivorous ones also are lacking as native species (Nattier et al. 2015). Native predaceous Coccinellidae are rather specialised in mite predation. The long isolation of New Caledonia can explain such a disharmonic faunal distribution as stated by recent studies (Anso et al. 2016; Nattier et al. 2017).

Comparing the aphid fauna of New Caledonia to that of other analogous island countries (Table 5), the Fiji Islands and Vanuatu have only 13 and 11 species respectively (Sunde et al. 1987; Wilson and Evenhuis 2007), all introduced. In French Polynesia, a list of 23 species was established eleven years ago (Nishida 2008), of which six are significant pest species (Grandgirard 2010). In the Hawaiian Islands, 104 aphid species are present, indicating a much greater influence of commerce compared with South Pacific islands. The situation in New Zealand is quite distinct, with the presence of 12 indigenous recorded aphid species, and a very important introduced fauna of 110 species (Teulon and Stufkens 2002), totalling at least 122 species (Table 5). The larger number of introduced species in New Zealand is probably because the ecology and climate of that country are more similar to that of their areas of origin, than to that of other Pacific or Indian ocean islands. In Réunion Island (Indian Ocean), Remaudière and Etienne (1988) established a list of 45 species, a higher number probably due to the proximity of Africa and Madagascar. Also, ancient and important commercial routes may have played a significant role in the introduction of exotic species in Réunion Island.

It is unique in the regional context that some endemic species are recorded from both Australia (ABRS 2009) and New Zealand (Teulon and Stufkens 1998; Teulon et al. 2010). In New Zealand, two lineages of Aphidina have been found, and Von Dohlen and Teulon (2003) hypothesized that Aphidinae originated in the Southern Hemisphere during the Tertiary and were then able to colonize the Northern Hemisphere, which is controversial if we regard the New Caledonian situation. Conversely, Kim et al. (2011) provided evidence that four endemic Australasian aphidine species originated after divergence from European lineages.

The species most recently discovered in New Caledonia are Pentalonia caladii, Hyperomyzus carduellinus, Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale, and Schizaphis rotundiventris, the last three species being found in the Province of the Loyalty Islands, respectively in Tiga, Lifu, and Ouvéa (Figure 1). These new records show the need for a comprehensive survey of aphids within the whole archipelago. From an environmental perspective, a study of aphid impacts on the rich New Caledonian endemic flora should be undertaken in order to evaluate their influence on the ecology of these plants. It is known that aphids cause some environmental issues in Hawai’i for instance as they feed on 64 native Hawaiian plants within 32 botanical families (Mondor et al. 2006; Messing et al. 2007, 2012). It also would be worthwhile to study the influence of aphids on predators and parasitoids, prey and host relationships, and their relationships with other invasive species. However, a related increase of predators (mostly introduced, such as ladybird beetles and lacewings) could jeopardize ecological balances in both agro- and natural ecosystems, although some authors advance the opinion that such environmental impacts are less quantifiable (Teulon and Stufkens 2002). Finally, the presence of these hemipterous insects in the wild can also facilitate the colonization by invasive ants (Le Breton et al. 2005; Idechiil et al. 2007), but could also enhance the spread of beneficial insects from agro-systems. Introduced aphids might disturb existing equilibria between native phytophagous and entomophagous insects. The recent spread of this faunal group may also have been helped by ants, as most invasive ant species are able to tend aphids, resulting in a strong protection for the aphids against predators and parasitoids. The recent arrival of at least 32 exotic ants (Jourdan in prep.) during the last century is probably also an important factor promoting the spread of aphids in New Caledonia, as already pointed out for the scale insects (Mille et al. 2016a).

With 33 exotic species introduced during a period of 165 years (1853–2018, counting from the incorporation of the archipelago in France in 1853 to the present), the average rate of introduction is 0.20 species per year. In comparison, in the Hawaiian archipelago (discovered in 1778), 105 species of Aphidoidea (incl. one species of Adelgidae) have become established with an average rate of introduction of 0.82 species per year –four times the rate in New Caledonia– from 1910 to 2012 (Foottit et al. 2012). Like New Caledonia, Hawai’i does not have any native aphid species (Foottit et al. 2012). The closeness of the climates of these two archipelagos shows that New Caledonia potentially could host many other species of aphids. New Zealand has an introduced fauna of 110 species, but differs in that there are more than a dozen endemic species (Teulon and Stufkens 2002). There, the rate of introduction is estimated at 0.85 aphid per year. The low rate of introduction for New Caledonia can be explained mainly because the archipelago was not on major commercial routes until recently. In the last decade the number of interception events in New Caledonia has greatly increased (Figure 2, Table 4). In New Zealand, the rate of introduction of alien aphid species has declined dramatically in recent years (Teulon and Stufkens 2002), probably because of the strong biosecurity policy and efforts that are deployed at ports of entry to New Zealand, as also observed earlier in North America during the thirties (Skvarla et al. 2017). Increased biosecurity scrutiny is obviously a major tool to prevent the spread of these economically important pests.

Table 4.

List of the aphid species intercepted by the Biosecurity Services (DAVAR-SIVAP) in New Caledonia but still considered unestablished.

Subfamilies Tribes Species / Common names / Noms communs Intercepted commodity Country of origin Biogeographic region of origin
Aphidinae Aphidini Aphis sp. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) Australia
Macrosiphini Acyrthosiphon lactucae (Passerini, 1860) Lettuce (Lactuca sativa, Asteraceae) Australia Palaearctic
Cavariella aegopodii (Scopoli, 1763) Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) Australia Western Palaearctic
Willow-carrot Aphid / Puceron de la Carotte
Chaetosiphon fragaefolii (Cockerell, 1901) Strawberry (Fragaria spp., Rosaceae) USA Nearctic (North America)
Strawberry Aphid / Puceron jaune du Fraisier
Dysaphis apiifolia (Theobald, 1923) Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) New Zealand Palaearctic
Dysaphis foeniculi (Passerini, 1860) Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) Australia Western Palaearctic
Dysaphis lappae (Koch, 1854) Thistle Root Aphid Artichoke (Cynara scolymus, Asteraceae) Australia Palaearctic
Hyadaphis coriandri (Das, 1918) Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) New Zealand Palaearctic
Coriander Aphid / Puceron de la Coriandre
Hyadaphis passerini (Del Guercio, 1911) Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) New Zealand Palaearctic
Honeysuckle Aphid / Puceron du Chèvrefeuille
Myzus ascalonicus Doncaster, 1946 Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) and Celery (Apium graveolens, Apiaceae but this species is highly polyphagous Australia Unknonwn
Shallot aphid / Puceron de l’Échalote
Nasonovia ribisnigri (Mosley, 1841) Lettuce (Lactuca sativa, Asteraceae) New Zealand Western Palaearctic
Lettuce Aphid / Puceron de la Laitue
Eriosomatinae Eriosoma lanigerum (Hausmann, 1802) Apple (Malus pumila, Rosaceae) France Palaearctic?
Woolly Apple Aphid / Puceron lanigère du Pommier
Lachninae Eulachnini Cinara tujafilina (Del Guercio, 1909) On two cypress trees Unknown Palaearctic
Cypress Pine Aphid / Puceron du Thuya
Figure 2. 

Aphid interceptions in New Caledonia from 2008 to 2018 on fresh imported fruits and vegetables.

The biogeographic origins of introduced aphid species in New Caledonia are mainly distributed between Oriental (52%, incl. Eastern Palaearctic) and Palaearctic (36%), only 9% being of Nearctic origin, plus one cryptogenic species (Schizaphis rotundiventris) (Figure 3). This compares with Hawai’i, where introduced aphids are 35% Oriental (incl. Eastern Palaearctic), 35% West Palaearctic, and 21% Nearctic (Foottit et al. 2012). One can assume that different patterns of trade affect the probability that species from certain biogeographic regions are introduced. However, the low rate of establishment in New Caledonia might also be partly explained by climatic mismatching between the countries involved. Biogeographic connections may also help to explain the low numbers of introduced aphid species in more tropical islands such as Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, and Vanuatu, although the pattern of trade may also differ according to lifestyle (lower or no import of fresh commodities such as vegetables or fruits).

Figure 3. 

Biogeographic origin of the 33 aphid species present in New Caledonia.

The recent increase in imports of fresh commodities from two large neighboring countries (Australia and New Zealand) increases the risk of accidental introductions of new species. This is illustrated by Figure 2 and Table 4 showing the increase of interception events and intercepted specimens from 2008 to the present, particularly from these two countries. Table 4 shows that 80% of the regularly intercepted species are originally from the Palaearctic and the remaining 20% are from the Nearctic, most of them being in the tribe Macrosiphini. Some of the intercepted species originating from the Northern Hemisphere may not be able to adapt to the New Caledonian environments, but several examples show that some Northern Hemisphere aphids can adapt to New Caledonia biotopes. Eighty percent of aphids originating from Palaearctic or Western Palaearctic regions seem unfitted to colonise New Caledonia (Table 4), but repeated incursions may lead to introduction of more adapted strains, as we already have observed settlement of some Palaearctic species in the archipelago (Figure 3). This applies especially to species such as Nasonovia ribisnigri, which has been repeatedly intercepted in imports from New Zealand to New Caledonia since at least 2008. One can note the recent interceptions of Dysaphis apiifolia from Australia and New Zealand in 2017 and 2018, Myzus ascalonicus from Australia and New Zealand in March, June, and October 2019, and Eriosoma lanigerum from France in February 2018. In 2015, the Strawberry Aphid, Chaetosiphon fragaefolii was intercepted on strawberries imported from the USA. Establishment of C. fragaefolii in New Caledonia would bring a new pest in this crop, already attacked by many other pests and diseases. At the moment, these 13 species are not established in New Caledonia, but their recurrent interceptions might result in a future settlement, especially in the case of Myzus ascalonicus, because it is highly polyphagous and is known on potatoes which are cultivated in New Caledonia. Obviously, continued and enhanced surveillance of imported commodities is needed. Finally, Cinara tujafilina was discovered on the 12th October 2018 on two cypress trees in a garden of Nouméa. An eradication program was subsequently launched by the Biosecurity Services (DAVAR-SIVAP). This species can be considered as a potential and significant threat to endemic and endangered species of Cupressaceae, especially species of the genera Callitris and Libocedrus.

Table 5.

Comparison of aphid fauna (excl. Adelgidae and Phylloxeridae) between seven island countries (after Wilson and Evenhuis (2007) for Fiji Islands, Nishida (2008) and Grandgirard (2010) for French Polynesia, Foottit et al. (2012) and Messing et al. (2012) for Hawai’i, Macfarlane et al. (2010), Teulon et al. (2010, 2013) for New Zealand, Remaudière and Etienne (1988) for Réunion Island, Sunde et al. (1987) for Vanuatu).

Island countries
Aphid subfamilies Fiji Islands French Polynesia Hawaii (USA) New Caledonia New Zealand Réunion Island Vanuatu
Aphidinae 11 20 80 28 78 38 8
Calaphidinae 0 0 3 0 13 0 0
Chaitophorinae 0 0 2 0 3 0 0
Eriosomatinae 1 0 4 1 10 2 0
Greenideinae 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Hormaphidinae 1 3 5 3 2 3 3
Lachninae 0 0 7 0 7 2 0
Phyllaphidinae 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Neophyllaphidinae 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Saltusaphidinae 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Taiwanaphidinae 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total taxa 13 23 104 33 >122* 45 11


To our present knowledge, no aphids occurred in New Caledonia before European settlements. The present updated species list is an important step to better secure the trade in fresh commodities. It is imperative to set up some strict regulations concerning the movement of fresh commodities, especially from the countries where the regularly intercepted species are present. In New Zealand, Teulon and Stufkens (2002) reminded us that “Aspects of aphid biology, such as small size, parthenogenetic reproduction, high reproductive rates, short generation time, rapid dispersal and eruptive population dynamics, pose particularly difficult challenges for aphid biosecurity in New Zealand”. This statement also is highly relevant for a subtropical “biodiversity-hotspot” country such as New Caledonia, where there are no endemic aphids.

Apart from virus transmissions (chiefly BBTV and CTV), direct damage by aphids does not constitute a major problem in New Caledonian orchards, probably because of the significant activities of predators and parasitoids. However, damage due to virus transmission in field crops, especially in squash (Cucurbita pepo) and several other crops, can be economically significant (Bordat and Daly 1995).

All 33 species appear to have been introduced accidentally by human activity in the last 100 years. Thirteen more species also are intercepted more or less regularly at the borders through biosecurity surveys, without further establishment. This demonstrates that aphids represent a major biosecurity threat, including the one as potential plant virus vectors. Consequently, the reinforcement of biosecurity is a priority for such biodiversity hotspots, from both the perspective of agriculture and of the native environment. Of course, these measures cannot guard against the long-distance dispersal of such low-weight insects as aphids on air currents, as stated by some authors (Johnson 1967). Even some heavier insects are already known to fly over several hundred to thousand kilometers over the sea, with Calligrapha pantherina Stål (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) as a recent example for New Caledonia (Mille et al. 2016b).

Furthermore, prioritization and promotion of local development of vegetable and fruit crops, rather than their risky importation from abroad, is desirable. Such an approach also should be promoted and extended to other Pacific islands which all share the lack of native aphid fauna and associated plant virus vector risks. Also, as a consequence of global climate change, the regularly intercepted species could find their ecological requirements, settle and dramatically change the fragile ecological balance in this insular biodiversity hotspot. There is an urgent need for a plant quarantine facility in New Caledonia (Cohic 1958b; Mille et al. 2016a), accompanied by some strict regulations against these and other quarantined insects.


We dedicate this article to the late Professor François Leclant (22 July 1934–14 January 2001), INRA, Montpellier, France, who trained one of us (CM) in the study of aphids, and more widely, in Agricultural Entomology, and to the late Mrs. Rosa C. Henderson (1 June 1942–13 December 2012) who trained one of us (SC) in the preparation of slides of aphids, other soft insects, and mites. We openly thank her, who encouraged two of us (SC and CM) to write the present article about aphids of New Caledonia.


We are grateful to Mr. Frédéric Gimat, Mrs. Aurélie Chan and Mrs. Ludivine Sariman, all from the Service d’Inspection Vétérinaire Alimentaire et Phytosanitaire (SIVAP, the New Caledonian Biosecurity Service) of the DAVAR, Government of New Caledonia, for their support and to provide intercepted material to us to allow identifications of intercepted specimens on the New Caledonian borders. We thank all the collectors who brought specimens of aphids available to the lab. We thank Mr. Frédéric Rigault (IRD) for the map he provided. We also thank Mr. Haruki Suenaga for the access to an important reference. Funding for this research was provided by the core budget of the Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien. We also thank the reviewers who highly improved the redaction of this article.


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