Antecerococcus stellatus (Maskell)

Chris J. Hodgson & Douglas J. Williams, 2016, (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha, Coccomorpha) with particular reference to species from the Afrotropical, western Palaearctic and western Oriental Regions, with the revival of Antecerococcus Green and description of a new genus and fifteen new species, and with ten new synonomies, Zootaxa 4091 (1), pp. 1-175: 136

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Antecerococcus stellatus (Maskell)


Antecerococcus stellatus (Maskell)   , revived comb.

Planchonia bryoides stellata Maskell 1897: 315–316   .

Asterolecanium bryoides stellatum   ; Cockerell 1899: 393. Change of combination. Antecerococcus bryoides stellatus   ; Fernald 1903: 58. Change of combination. Cerococcus stellatus   ; Morrison & Morrison 1927: 21. Change of status.

Type details. AUSTRALIA, New South Wales, Cumberland District, on Exocarpus   (misspelling of Exocarpos   ) cupressiformis ( Santalaceae   ), C. Fuller. Depositories: NZAC: 1 / 2 syntype adff, labelled just bryoides   var. stellata   , # 525, with a gold DSIR label. USNM: 2 / 2 first-instar nymphs (Lambdin and Kosztarab considered that these were part of the type series but Miller (pers. comm.) could find no evidence that this was the case).

Material examined: AUSTRALIA, Victoria, on Loranthus linophyllus   ( Loranthaceae   ), no date, ex. coll C. French # 210 (BMNH): 1 / 3 adff + 5 immatures (f –p).

Comment. Lambdin and Kosztarab (1977) provide a good description. The adult female of A. stellatus   can be diagnosed by the following combination of character-states: (i) dorsum with three sizes of 8 -shaped pore; (ii) largest 8 -shaped pore in swirls on head, thorax and anterior abdominal segments; (iii) smallest pores on posterior abdominal segments and in apices of each stigmatic pore band; (iv) cribriform plates oval, in submedial groups of two on each side of abdominal segment IV; (v) leg stubs present; (vi) posterior stigmatic pore bands bifurcated, and (vii) multilocular disc-pores absent.

The adult female of A. stellatus   falls within Group C in the key to species of Antecerococcus   and keys out close to A. bryoides   from the Pacific Region and to A. echinatus   from China.