IUCN SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group

Species

BackFulvius borgesi Chérot, J. Ribes & Gorczyca, 2006

Fulvius borgesi Chérot, J. Ribes & Gorczyca, 2006

Capsid bug (English)

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hemiptera Heteroptera
  • Family: Miridae
LC Least Concern
IUCN Red List Status:

Countries of Occurrence:
Portugal - Azores; La Palma (Canary Islands); Spain

Archipelago(s):
Canaries Azores

Assessor/s:
Paulo A.V. Borges

Reviewer/s:
Danielczak, A.

Contributor/s:
Lamelas-Lopez, L.

Facilitators / Compilers/s:


Assessment Rationale:

Fulvius borgesi is possibly an exotic capsid bug originally described from Terceira (Azores, Portugal) (Borges et al. 2010), that  occurs currently also in Northern Iberian Peninsula (Hernani, Gipuzkoa) and La Palma in Canary Islands. It has a relatively small area of ocupancy (AOO = 36 km²) but a very large extent of ocurrence (EOO = 1,474,712 km²). Its arrival to Azores, Canary islands and Spain could be associated with transport of ornamental plants, fruit and goods imported from Central and South America during the last centuries by boat. It is mainly present in banana plantations in Azores and Canary islands where it can be an important role in natural biological control. The species is assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Geographic Range:

Fulvius borgesi is possibly an exotic capsid bug originally described from Terceira (Azores, Portugal) (Borges et al. 2010). It occurs currently in Northern Iberian Peninsula (Hernani, Gipuzkoa), La Palma in Canary Islands and Terceira Island. The extent of occurrence (EOO) is ca 1,480,000 km² and the maximum estimated area of occupancy (AOO) is 36 km².

Regions:
Portugal - Azores; La Palma (Canary Islands); Spain
Extent of Occurrence (EOO):
1480000 (km2)
Area of Occupancy (AOO):
36 (km2)
Elevation Lower Limit:
0 (m)
Elevation Upper Limit:
300 (m)
Biogeographic Realms:
Palearctic
Presence:
Extant
Origin:
Exotic in Azores and Canaries
Seasonality:
Resident

Population:

Fulvius borgesi has large populations associated with banana plantations (Chérot et al.2006).

Habitat and Ecology

This is a predatory species, feeding on larvae of several Diptera and Coleoptera families. It was found associated with banana plantations both in Azores and Canary Islands.

Major Threat(s):

This is currently considered an exotic species that is expanding its distribution, possibly associated with the transport of bananas. No threat is associated with this species.

 

Conservation Actions

This is currently considered an exotic species that is expanding its distribution, possibly associated with the transport of bananas. No conservation measures are needed.