Melanaspis greeni ( Leonardi) 1914

Smith-Pardo, Allan H., Evans, Gregory A. & Dooley, John W., 2012, A review of the genus Chrysomphalus Ashmead (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) with descriptions of a new species and a new, related genus, Zootaxa 3570, pp. 1-24: 18

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.282977

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scientific name

Melanaspis greeni ( Leonardi) 1914
status

 

Melanaspis greeni ( Leonardi) 1914   , stat. rev.

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Chrysomphalus greeni Leonardi, 1914   . Type material: Syntype: female. Type locality: Guinea (Conakry), UNINA (examined). Melanaspis greeni (Leonardi)   ; Lindinger 1943: 147. Change of combination.

Chrysomphalus greeni Leonardi   ; Borchsenius 1966: 290. Revived combination.

Host: unknown.

Distribution: Afrotropical: Guinea.

Discussion: Leonardi (1914) described Chrysomphalus greeni   from specimens found on an unknown plant in Guinea. Lindinger (1943) transferred the species to Melanaspis   , and later Borchsenius (1966) transferred it back to Chrysomphalus   . Upon our request, Professor Antonio Pietro Garonna, curator of the insect collection of the Department of Entomology in Portici, Italy, kindly arranged for the loan of specimens of the type series. Unlike the pygidium of Chrysomphalus   species, which lack a series of short paraphyses anterior to L 3 and have conspicuous, long, branched or clubbed plates between L 2 and L 3 and anterior to L 3, the pygidium of C. greeni   is similar to that of Melanaspis   in that: (i) the lateral margin is sclerotized with a series of short paraphyses anterior to L 3 and (ii) the plates are short, spine-like and inconspicuous, not exceeding the length of the lobes. Relatively few species of Melanaspis   have perivulvar pores, including this species. In the key of Deitz and Davidson (1986) to the North American species of Melanaspis   , M. greeni   would key out to and is most similar to Melanaspis ponderosa Ferris 1941   , especially in the size and shape of the paraphyses. Of the Afrotropical species of Melanaspis   , M. greeni   comes closest to Melanaspis sansevii Mamet 1959   , a species described from Madagascar on a crucifer, which has perivulvar pores and paraphyses similar to those of M. greeni   . Peculiarly, L 1 –L 3 of M. greeni   each has a wide basal sclerosis similar to those observed in Pygidiaspis cedri Green 1915   ; whereas the basal scleroses are normally restricted to the median lobes.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Diaspididae

Genus

Melanaspis

Loc

Melanaspis greeni ( Leonardi) 1914

Smith-Pardo, Allan H., Evans, Gregory A. & Dooley, John W. 2012
2012
Loc

Chrysomphalus greeni

Borchsenius 1966: 290
1966
Loc

Chrysomphalus greeni

Lindinger 1943: 147
1943