Efficacy of perch (Anabas testudineus) as biocontrol agent of home invading nuisance pest, Luprops tristis
Jerin George, Vineesh PJ, Aswini Sivadas C
Luprops tristis is a litter dwelling detritivorous beetle abundant in rubber plantations in South India. Attraction of these beetles towards light, following overnight invasion into buildings is a frustrating nuisance for the residents. No efficient strategies for controlling the population buildup of L. tristis is available and its selection of rubber litter layers as breeding habitat and residential buildings as shelter during the rainy season makes insecticide-based control a tough task. The present study is to find out the predatory fish that feed L.tristis.Study reveals that Anabas testudineus prey upon L. tristis and hence act as a biocontrol agent. In group feeding and solitary feeding experiment, the feeding efficiency of Anabas testudineus in group feeding is higher than solitary feeding. Social influences affect feeding of Anabas testudineus.
Jerin George, Vineesh PJ, Aswini Sivadas C. Efficacy of perch (Anabas testudineus) as biocontrol agent of home invading nuisance pest, Luprops tristis. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 157-160