Submitted to: Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2006
Publication Date: 4/20/2009
Citation: Miller, D.R., Gimpel, M.E. 2009. A systematic catalogue of the armored scale subfamilies Diaspidinae, Leucaspidinae, and Ulucoccinae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) of the world. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 2:1308.
Interpretive Summary: Armored scales cause billions of dollars in damage or control costs to agricultural and ornamental plant crops each year and are serious threats as invasive species in the US and elsewhere. This research provides a catalog of more than 1500 species of armored scales world wide and includes comprehensive information on their scientific names, common names, host plants, geographic distribution, natural enemies, biology, economic importance, and references. This kind of information 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 insect researchers.
Technical Abstract: This publication presents a catalogue of the armored scale insects in the subfamilies Diaspidinae, Leucaspidinae, and Ulucoccinae including 1,517 species in 259 genera. Armored scales include many serious pests particularly on trees and shrubs. This book is a synthesis and catalogue of all of the taxonomic information published on diaspidine armored scales up to December 2003, and gives information on their correct scientific name, common names, synonyms and other nomenclatural data, plant hosts, distribution, biology, 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 armored scales including homeowners, nursery personnel, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.