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Title: Is Stringaspidiotus Macgillivray (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) An Accepted Genus?

Author
item Miller, Douglass
item Williams, D.j.

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/30/2007
Publication Date: 10/5/2007
Citation: Miller, D.R., Williams, D. 2007. Is Stringaspidiotus Macgillivray (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) An Accepted Genus?. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 109:773-778

Interpretive Summary: Armored scales are pests that feed on many of the world’s agriculturally important crops, trees, and ornamental plants and cause billions of dollars in damage and control costs each year. This paper describes a species that is not easily recognized even though it is intercepted at US ports-of-entry. The detailed descriptions and illustrations presented in this paper provide essential tools that allow identifiers and quarantine experts to correctly identify it at US borders. Recognition of the species is a crucial first step in preventing its establishment as an invasive species and new pest.

Technical Abstract: The genus Stringaspidiotus MacGillivray, 1921 is synonymized with Pseudaonidia Cockerell, 1897 as a junior subjective synonym and the type species of Stringaspidiotus (Aspidiotus (Pseudaonidia) curculiginis) is redescribed and illustrated.