First Record of Two Beetle Species of Mesquite Trees Prosopis juliflora (Sw) D.C. in Yemen

Ismail Abdullah Muharram*(1) Mohammed Saleh Al-Nossari(1) and Ahmed Mohammed Sallam(2)

(1).  Agricultural Research and Extension Authority (AREA), Yemen.
(2). Nasser Faculty of Agriculture, Aden University, Yemen.
(*Corresponding author: Dr. Ismail Abdullah Muharram. Email:

Received: 18/02/2017                           Accepted: 06/05/2017


Mesquite trees Prosopis juliflora (Sw) D.C. are wide spread in different countries of the world including Yemen, and occupied the fertile and marginal lands. However, the areas of this plant are increasing rapidly in Yemen. Mesquite trees are a host for large number of insects, which can be used to reduce the spread of the trees, and control it within an integrated management system, including the insects that feed on the seeds and pods of this plant. This study was carried out during 2004-2005 seasons, in Tehama, Lahje, and Abian where the trees of Mesquite are spread widely. The collection of mature pods of these trees were put in the insects breeding boxes. In this manuscript four insects species were identified, which belong to Coleoptera order as follow:  Algarobius prosopis (LeConts); Caryedon near serratus (Olivier); Bruchidius andrewesi (Pic) that belong to Bruchidae family; and lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius) which belongs to Anobiidae family.  Two species were recorded for the first time in Yemen, Caryedon serratus (Olivier), and Bruchidius andrewesi (Pic), but, the others species were well known in Yemen, as pests on different crops including prosopis.

Key words: Mesquite trees, Algarobius prosopis, Caryedon near serratus, Lasioderma serricorne, Bruchidius andrewesi, Yemen.

Full paper in English: First Record of Two Beetle Species of Mesquite Trees Prosopis juliflora (Sw) D.C. in Yemen