Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Xerephedromyia ustjurdensis

Xerephedromyia ustjurdensis Fedotova, 1992

on Ephedra

Xerephedromyia ustjurtensis: galls on Ephedra distachya

Ephedra distachya, France, dép Hérault, Portiragnes, 23.iii.2019 © Henri Maleysson

Xerephedromyia ustjurtensis: galls on Ephedra distachya


Xerephedromyia ustjurtensis: opened gall

detail of an opened gall


Larvae in a sharply defined, globular to oval, initially multi-chambered stem gall.

host plants

Ephedraceae, monophagous

Ephedra distachya.


This species was described from Kazakhstan, but has since been found in southern France and Spain.


Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2017a), Patra, Bera, Molchanoff ao (2012a), Skuhravá, Blasco–Zumeta & Pujade–Villar (2002a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2009b, 2021a: 97), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravý & Skuhravá (1999a).

Last modified 18.ix.2021