Submitted to: Intercept
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/5/2003
Publication Date: 1/5/2005
Citation: Miller, D.R., Gimpel, M.E., Ben-Dov, Y., Gibson, G.A. 2005. A systematic catalogue of the Cerococcidae, Halimococcidae, Kermesidae, Micrococcidae, Ortheziidae, Phenacoleachiidae, Phoenicococcidae, and Stictococcidae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the world.Intercept. UK 1:554
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects cause billions of dollars in damage or control costs each year and are serious threats as invasive species in the U. S. and elsewhere. This book discusses 372 species of scale insects worldwide and provides information on their scientific names, common names, synonyms, host plants, distribution, biology, economic importance, diagnostic features, keys for identification, and published references. This kind of data is not readily available in a single source but is crucial for making quarantine decisions and for being prepared if a species becomes invasive in a new area of the world. This book will be useful to biological control specialists, extension entomologists, plant quarantine inspectors, state and federal identifiers, and scale systematists.
Technical Abstract: This publication provides systematic catalogues of eight families of scale insects for the world. Cerococcidae (ornate pit scales) including 72 valid species in 3 genera; Halimococcidae (pupillarial palm scales) including 21 valid species in 5 genera; Kermesidae (gall-like scales) has 91 species in 10 genera; Micrococcidae (Mediterranean scales) with 8 species in 2 genera; Ortheziidae (ensign scales) has 162 species in 11 genera; Phenacoleachiidae with 2 species in 1 genus; Phoenicococcidae (palm scale) with 1 species in 1 genus; and Stictococcidae with 15 species and 3 genera. Several scale insects in these families are serious agricultural pests and others pose a threat when (if) they are introduced into areas outside of their natural habitats. This book is a synthesis and catalogue of all of the taxonomic information published on these families worldwide up to May 2003 and gives information on their scientific names, common names, synonyms, host plants, distribution, biology, economic importance, diagnostic features, keys for identification, and published references. This information will benefit all who are interested in the control, ecology, life history, pest exclusion, and pest management of these scale insects including homeowners, nurserymen, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.