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Pacific Mealybug

Scientific Name
Planococcus minor
Scientific Author
(Maskell, 1897)
Taxonomy
(Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae: Pseudococcinae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult Female

Less than 5 ventral oral-collar tubular ducts between antennae; less than 6 ventral oral-collar tubular ducts laterad of middle coxae (count both sides); usually with 1 or more dorsolateral tubular ducts that often appear as oral rims; translucent pores on hind coxa and tibia, absent for femur; anal bar present; 18 pairs of cerarii; no auxiliary setae.

Field Characters

We assume that this species is identical in appearance to P. citri as follows: Body oval; slightly rounded in lateral view; body yellow when newly molted, pink or orange-brown when fully mature; legs brown-red; mealy wax covering body, not thick enough to hide body color; with dorsomedial bare area on dorsum forming central longitudinal stripe (more obvious than on P. ficus); ovisac ventral only, may be 2 times longer than body when fully formed; with 17 or 18 lateral wax filaments, most relatively short, often slightly curved, posterior pair slightly longer, filaments anterior of posterior pair small, posterior pair about 1/8 length of body. Primarily occurring on foliage of host. Oviparous, eggs yellow. Surface of lateral filaments rough.

References

- Miller, D.R., Rung, A., Venable, G.L. & Gill, R.J. (2007). Scale Insects: Identification tools, images and diagnostic information for species of quarantine significance (CD-ROM). USDA, SEL, APHIS.
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
24/05/2011 11:51 AEST
Last Updated
16/04/2014 23:51 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Pacific Mealybug (Planococcus minor) Updated on 4/16/2014 11:51:10 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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