Bemisia tabaci
[Silverleaf Whitefly, Sweet Potato Whitefly]
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Classification: | Phylum: Arthropoda | Class: Insecta | Order: Hemiptera | Family: Aleyrodidae | Genus: Bemisia |

Bemisia tabaci (Silverleaf Whitefly, Sweet Potato Whitefly) is an important agricultural pest [1-2]. Major crops affected on a global scale include cotton, cassava, tomato, sweet potato, cucurbits. This whitefly is actually a species complex containing at least 24 morphologically indistinguishable species [3]. It has worldwide distribution including Singapore [4].

Reference articles:

[1] Kalyebi A, Macfadyen S, Parry H, Tay WT, De Barro P, Colvin J. African cassava whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, cassava colonization preferences and control implications. PLoS One 2018;13(10):e0204862. | Read article |

[2] Gotz M, Winter S. Diversity of Bemisia tabaci in Thailand and Vietnam and indications of species replacement. J Asia Pac Entomol 2016;19(2):537-543. | Read article |

[3] De Barro PJ, Liu SS, Boykin LM, Dinsdale AB. Bemisia tabaci: a statement of species status. Annu Rev Entomol 2011;56:1-19. | Read article |

[4] Kanakala S, Ghanim M. Global genetic diversity and geographical distribution of Bemisia tabaci and its bacterial endosymbionts. PLoSONE 2019;14(3):e0213946. | Read article |