First report of Bemisia tabaci Mediterranean (biotype Q) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in the Dominican Republic


  • Colmar Serra 1Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarios y Forestales (IDIAF) C/ Rafael Augusto Sánchez, 89, Santo Domingo, D.N., Dominican Republic
  • Cindy Lynn McKenzie Agricultural Research Service
  • Weiqi Luo Center for Integrated Pest Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA
  • Lance S Osborne 3University of Florida, Department of Entomology, Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka, FL 32703, USA,


MED was detected for the first time in the Dominican Republic from 2 provinces (Santo Domingo and Santiago), 2 host plants (tomato and tobacco), and 2 environments (greenhouse and open field). All MED sequences were identical and determined to be of Eastern Mediterranean origin. MEAM1 was the predominant B. tabaci cryptic species present, and was detected in all but 1 sample, which was 100% MED. NW was detected twice on eggplant in different geographical regions, and once on Mexican prickly poppy in a native habitat, but always with MEAM1.


Se detectó MED por primera vez en la República Dominicana en dos provincias diferentes (Santo Domingo y Santiago) y plantas hospederas (tomate y tabaco). MEAM1 fue la especie críptica de Bemisa tabaci predominante presente y se detectó en todas menos una muestra que fue 100% MED. NW fue detectado dos veces en berenjenas en diferentes regiones geográficas y una vez en cardo santo en un hábitat nativo, pero siempre con MEAM1.

Key Words: MEAM1; Middle Eastern Asia Minor 1; biotype B; NW; New World; biotype A; whitefly; vegetables; ornamentals; weeds

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Cindy Lynn McKenzie, Agricultural Research Service

Subtropical Insects and Horticultural Research Unit






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