Resolution of the taxonomy of the Syzigium Leaf Psyllid (plus taxon swap help requested)

A new paper published recently has confirmed what many of us have suspected: the Syzigium Leaf Psyllid in California is not Trioza eugeniae, and that name has been misapplied for about three decades. The correct identification for these psyllids is Trioza adventicia. Both species are recognized as valid, with Trioza eugeniae being recognized as native to southern NSW and Trioza adventicia distributed in eastern subcoastal Australia but widely introduced throughout Australia, New Zealand, and California.

On iNat, all observations currently attributed to Trioza eugeniae should instead be Trioza adventicia. There do not appear to be any examples of legitimate Trioza eugeniae yet identified.

What is the best way to handle this change? Taxon swap Trioza adventicia for Trioza eugeniae, but then re-erect Trioza eugeniae? Any assistance in handling this change would be appreciated.

Reference: https://europepmc.org/article/med/31865924

Posted by psyllidhipster psyllidhipster, June 30, 2020 17:57

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