Conogethes sahyadriensis: A New Borer on Zingiberaceous Crop Plants from India

  • A. K. Chakravarthy
  • P. R. Shashank
  • K. P. Kumar
  • Vasudev Kammar


A new borer, Conogethes sahyadriensis (Shashank PR, Kammar V, Mally R, Chakravarthy AK, Zootaxa 4374:215–234, 2018), has been reported on cardamom from South India. This borer is a sister species of Conogethes pluto that is widely distributed in Australia and Thailand. Hitherto, C. sahyadriensis was classified under Conogethes punctiferalis. The new borer, C. sahyadriensis, is an economically important species as it causes on an average yield losses of more than 20% on cardamom, turmeric and ginger in different parts of India. Phenotypical, biosystematic, genetic and phylogenetic differences have been found among C. punctiferalis, C. sahyadriensis and C. pluto.


C. sahyadriensis Zingiberaceous Distribution Management practices 



Authors are thankful to the authorities of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi; Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; and University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru, for facilities and encouragement, and to Dr. Richard Mally for facilitating identification of Conogethes specimens.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Chakravarthy
    • 1
  • P. R. Shashank
    • 2
  • K. P. Kumar
    • 3
  • Vasudev Kammar
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Entomology and NematologyICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBengaluruIndia
  2. 2.Insect Taxonomy Laboratory, Division of EntomologyICAR-Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyUniversity of Agricultural Sciences, Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra (GKVK)BengaluruIndia
  4. 4.Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public DistributionGovernment of IndiaNew DelhiIndia

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