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Pacific mealybug

Scientific Name
Planococcus minor
Scientific Author
(Maskell)
Taxonomy
(Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae)
Risk
Unknown
Status
Native Thailand Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Caption
Rayong, Thailand, 02-06-1998, Det. Boopa
Source
Chamaiporn Department of Agriculture, Thailand
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Diagnostic Notes
Field Specimen Character: 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.

Mounted Slide Specimen Characters: 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.

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http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/ScaleKeys/Mealybugs/Key/Mealybugs/Media/html/SpeciesListFset.html
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Specimen Contact
Department of Agriculture, Thailand
Author
Chamaiporn Buamas
Created
31/01/2011 12:14 AEST
Last Updated
01/02/2011 17:51 AEST
Citation
Chamaiporn Buamas (2011) Pacific mealybug (Planococcus minor ) Updated on 2/1/2011 5:51:42 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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