The White Lace Lerp in Southeastern Australia

  • F. David Morgan
  • Gary S. Taylor
Part of the Population Ecology book series (POPE)


The white lace lerp, Cardiaspina albitextura Taylor (Psylloidea: Spondyliaspididae), causes severe defoliation, branch dieback, and sometimes death of its food plants, Eucalyptus blakelyi Maiden and E. camaldulensis camaldulensis Dehnhardt in southeastern Australia.2,22 Its distribution covers the entire range of E. blakelyi in the montane and riverine zones of southern New South Wales, northeastern Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory around the city of Canberra. Infestations in river red gum (E. camaldulensis) forests are generally restricted to southern areas (south of the dotted line in Fig. 1), where the subspecies E. camaldulensis camaldulensis dominates. The northern subspecies, E. camaldulensis obtusa, is not attacked by C. albitextura but supports outbreaks of at least two undescribed species of the spondyliaspidid genus Creiis. These psyllids cause necrosis of the leaves similar to, but not as deeply colored as, those caused by the nymphs of C. albitextura and its close relatives.22


Oviposition Site Soluble Nitrogen Instar Nymph Bird Predation Undamaged Leaf 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. David Morgan
    • 1
  • Gary S. Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Entomology, Waite Agricultural Research InstituteUniversity of AdelaideGlen OsmondAustralia

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