The significance of anthropochory in Hercinothrips femoralis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) – Short Communication

https://doi.org/10.17221/51/2019-PPSCitation:Štefánik M., Zvaríková M., Masarovič R., Fedor P. (2019): The significance of anthropochory in Hercinothrips femoralis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) – Short Communication. Plant Protect. Sci., 55: 262-265.
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After the first record of the banded greenhouse thrips, Hercinothrips femoralis (Reuter, 1891) in Slovakia in 2008, a peculiar occurrence in an extreme subalpine environment of Podbanské (High Tatra Mts.), Slovakia, during the summer of the same year was observed. Since this species of exotic thrips is known to be almost sedentary, the mode of dispersal was hypothesized to be related to passive transport via weather currents. According to our observations of unintentional dispersal a test was conducted to research a previously unidentified introduction pathway of this species. Our preliminary results show that passive transport by humans plays a crucial role in the dispersal of H. femoralis.

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