Check List 10(6): 1445-1451, doi: 10.15560/10.6.1445
Insect galls of the Parque Nacional das Emas (Mineiros, GO, Brazil)
expand article infoWalter Santos de Araújo, Fernando Landa Sobral, Leandro Maracahipes
‡ Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
Open Access
In this study we perform an inventory of the insect leaf galls of the Parque Nacional das Emas, Goiás State, Brazil. We found 97 gall morphotypes, distributed on 24 botanical families comprising 37 genera and 55 species. The plant taxa that showed the greatest richness of galls were the families Myrtaceae, with 17 morphotypes and Fabaceae with 14, and the genera Myrcia (Myrtaceae) and Qualea (Vochysiaceae) with 10 and eight morphotypes, respectively. The plant species Andira cujabensis Benth. (Fabaceae) and Myrcia guianensis (Aubl.) DC., with four morphotypes each, were the most diverse. We found galling insects belonging to Diptera, Hemiptera and Lepidoptera. The galling insects of family Cecidomyiidae (Diptera) were the most common inducing 38.1% of the gall morphotypes. All recorded gall morphotypes are first records to Parque Nacional das Emas. Among the 55 host plant species listed in the survey, 16 species (20%) have the first report of hosting galls.
leaf galls; Brazil; Goiás; Diptera; Hemiptera; Lepidoptera; inventory