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Mauve Pittosporum Scale

Scientific Name
Parlatoria pittospori
Scientific Author
Maskell, 1891
(Hemiptera: Diaspididae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
NZ - Exotic

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Diagnostic Notes
Source: Henderson (2011) [See Web Links tab]

Live Appearance and Habitat

Female and male scale covers similar to that of P. fulleri, tending to more grey shades at times; young female tending more beige than with red markings, mature female and eggs purple. On leaves and stems of host plants.


Adult female: body oval to circular with a wide, rounded pygidium, with median lobes (L1) each with 1 notch on each side and apically rounded, L2 and L3 similar in shape and smaller; body length 0.56–0.95 mm, width 0.48–0.63 mm. Submarginal duct band on prepygidium about 5–8 ducts wide. Submedian ducts present 1–3 pairs on V, 1–5 pairs on IV, smaller ducts or microducts present or absent on III. Anal opening diameter 10–12 µm, positioned 22–90 µm from posterior margin.

Ventral microducts relatively numerous on abdominal segments, scattered on pygidium, by spiracles and on submargins of thorax. Derm pocket absent. Anterior spiracles each with a group of 2–4 5-locular pores. 34-57 perivulvar pores in total.

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Keys: Miller & Davidson (2005). Suh & Ji 2009: 1041-1043 (female) [Key to species of armored scales intercepted on imported plants (slide mounted adult females)]; Gill 1997: 217 (female) [Key to California species of Parlatoria]; Balachowsky 1958b: 321 (female) [Key to species of Parlatoria]; McKenzie 1956: 34 (female) [Key to species of Parlatoria]; McKenzie 1952: 15 [Revised key to species of Parlatoria]; McKenzie 1945: 79 (female) [Key to species of Parlatoria]; Ferris 1942: SIV-446:59 (female) [Key to species of Parlatoria]; Morrison 1939a: 30 (female) [Key to species of Parlatoria].
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New Zealand Arthropod Collection
Henderson, R. C. & Crosby, T. K.
27/05/2011 02:26 AEST
Last Updated
16/04/2014 22:10 AEST
Henderson, R. C. & Crosby, T. K. (2011) Mauve Pittosporum Scale (Parlatoria pittospori ) Updated on 4/16/2014 10:10:43 PM Available online: PaDIL -
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