Submitted to: Systematic Entomology Laboratory World Wide Web Site
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Gall-like scales or kermesids are common inhabitants of oaks and chinquapins in the northern hemisphere including the United States. In some instances, these reach pest population levels, especially when pesticides have killed their natural enemies. This database provides all of the taxonomic information published on this group of scales and gives information on their correct scientific names, common names, synonyms, hos plants, distributions, biologies, economic importance, and published references. This information will benefit all who are interested in the control, ecology, life history, pest exclusion, and pest management of gall-like scales including homeowners, nurserymen, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.
Technical Abstract: This is a catalog of the Kermesidae or gall-like scales of the world. The family includes 10 genera and 88 species that occur primarily in the Northern Hemisphere on fagaceous hosts. Only one genus occurs on Juniperus, the rest are on Quercus or close relatives. Information included is: Scientific name, synonyms, common names, natural enemies, hosts, distribution, biology, remarks on systematics and morphology, publications that include keys, and references. This information is presented on the internet as an interactive database at www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalenet/scalenet.htm.