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Pineapple Mealybug

Scientific Name
Dysmicoccus brevipes
Scientific Author
(Cockerell, 1893)
Taxonomy
(Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae: Pseudococcinae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult Female

Setae on dorsomedial area of segment VIII longer than on segments VII and VI; discoidal pores present near eye; ventral multilocular pores restricted to segments VI, VII, and VIII; translucent pores on hind femur and tibia; 2, 3, or even 4 conical setae in abdominal cerarii; without ventral oral collars in cluster laterad of front coxa; concentration of discoidal pores in dorsomedial area of abdominal segment VIII 17 pairs of cerarii.

Field Characters

Body oval or rotund; pink or pink-orange; legs yellowish brown; body covered by thin layer of white mealy wax allowing body color to be visible, without bare areas on dorsum; dorsal ovisac absent, a few filamentous strands on venter; with 17 pairs of conspicuous lateral wax filaments, often slightly curved, posterior pairs longest, one-third to one-half as long as body, anterior filaments shorter than posterior pairs. Occurring on all parts of plant, usually in protected area. Ovoviviparous, eggs pink.

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
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
25/05/2011 10:59 AEST
Last Updated
30/03/2014 20:27 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Pineapple Mealybug (Dysmicoccus brevipes) Updated on 3/30/2014 8:27:25 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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