Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/9/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects cause millions of dollars in damage each year, but information relating to the group is found in thousands of scientific journals and books and is difficult or impossible to locate. A new web site called "ScaleNet" provides access to this diverse information through a series of synthetic and user-friendly queries. In order to put information in ScaleNet it is necessary to validate certain taxonomic changes in print. The purpose of this paper is to publish these kinds of changes in three families of scale insects, i.e., Eriococcidae, Cerococcidae, and Pityococcidae. This information will benefit all who are interested in the control, ecology, life history, pest exclusion, and pest management of scale insects including homeowners, nurserymen, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.
Technical Abstract: A database and catalog of the eriococcid and cerococcid scale insects of the world is nearly complete and soon will be in press and placed on the World Wide Web. Before this is done, new combinations and other taxonomic changes need to be validated in print. This publication includes new combinations in the family Eriococcide, a new homonym and synonym in the Cerococcidae, and changes in rank of Pityococcini (family Margarodidae) to Pityococcidae.