Paulinia acuminata (De Geer 1773)
Geographic distribution
No economic damages registered
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
    • Corrientes
    • Entre Ríos
    • Formosa
    • Jujuy
    • Misiones
    • Santa Fe
    • Tucumán
  • Uruguay
Other distribution
From Central America to Argentina, East of the Andes.
  • Acrydium acuminatum De Geer 1773
  • Coelopterna acuminate (De Geer 1773)
  • Paulinia muscosa Blanchard 1843
  • Epacromia selecta Walker 1871
  • Coelopterna stali Scudder 1875
  • Coelopterna acuminate brevipennis Giglio-Tos 1894
A highly variable aquatic species thathas macropterous and brachypterous individuals. Due to its variability the species has been described several times under different names. It is considered a beneficial insect because it is a limiting factor of aquatic weeds in the tropical Americas. Paulinia acuminata was introduced in Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, India, Fiji and Australia as potential agents of aquatic weed biocontrol (Bennett, 1975).
Salvinia auriculata, Pistia striatiotes, Lemna sp., Hydromistria stolonifera, Spirodella intermedia, Azolla filiculoides.
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