Submitted to: Lundiana
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/30/2004
Publication Date: 7/30/2004
Citation: Hodgson, C.J., Goncalves, S., Miller, D.R., Isaias, R. 2004. A key to the genera of Eriococcidae from the Neotropical region and a revision of Pseudotectococcus Hempel, a gall inducing scale insect genus from Brazil, with a description of a new species. Lundiana. 5:51-72
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects are some of the most abundant invasive species in the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage and control costs annually. In many instances, species that are unknown to science have the potential of invading the U. S. and adding to the economic burden. Therefore, it is important to describe as many potentially invasive species as possible. This research includes the redescription of a previously poorly known species and description of a new species that occurs on tropical fruit in Brazil. If they were introduced, they could be serious pests in Florida and other warm areas of the U. S. Clients include APHIS/PPQ and State Department of Agriculture identifiers.
Technical Abstract: A key is provided to the adult females of 16 of the 17 genera of Eriococcidae known from Neotropical South America. The adult female and 1st-instar nymph of the type species of Pseudotectococcus, P. anonae Hempel, is redescribed and a lectotype and paralectotypes designated; in addition, the adult female, adult male, 1st-instar nymph, 2nd-instar female and 2nd-instar male nymphs, prepupa and pupa of a new species of Pseudotectococcus, P. rolliniae Hodgson & Gonçalves, are described. The differences between Pseudotectococcus and other South American genera are discussed.