Ceroplastes rusci (Linnaeus, 1758)

Mifsud, David, Mazzeo, Gaetana, Russo, Agatino & Watson, Gillian W., 2014, The scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the Maltese Archipelago, Zootaxa 3866 (4), pp. 499-525: 503

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3866.4.3

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:362D4DC7-7505-42C1-B438-9B195B48125C

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5494970

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FC0D62-C46F-FF93-A1F9-A8B3D92F2246

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Ceroplastes rusci (Linnaeus, 1758)
status

 

Ceroplastes rusci (Linnaeus, 1758)  

Another Neotropical introduction, first recorded by Borg (1898). Borg’s (1919; 1922a: 85) records of Ceroplastes cirripediformis Comstock   represent misidentifications of C. rusci ( Ben-Dov et al., 2014)   . Borg (1922a: 85) wrote that this scale “has been introduced in these islands probably towards 1905, and sometimes is common on the false pepper ( Schinus molle   ) and on the quince, but has not been noticed on Citrus   trees”. He also recorded it as rather rare on pear ( Borg, 1922a: 242) and on strawberry ( Borg, 1922a: 621). Borg (1932) stated that it was “very common on the common Fig ( Ficus carica   ) and on the Custard Apple ( Annona cherimolia   ), in both islands. It is also frequent on the Quince, the Vine and the Apple. It is rare on Citrus   trees, the Pear, and on certain creepers, such as Ipomoea   , Phaseolus caracalla   , etc.” Saliba (1963) stated that this scale was very common on apple, citrus, fig, mulberry and pear. It was recorded again by Farrugia (1998) and Mifsud et al. (2012).

Material examined: MALTA, Żejtun, 10.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on Citrus limon, DM     ; Żejtun, 11.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on C. sinensis, DM   ; Chadwick lakes, 12.iii.1994, 2 ♀♀ on Ficus carica, GW     ; Rabat 12.iii.1994, 3 ♀♀ on Pittosporum sp.   , GW; Buskett, 24.iii.1994, 1 ♀ on Pistacia lentiscus, DM     ; Mellieħa, 8.x.1994, 2 ♀♀ on Ficus carica, MS     .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Coccidae

Genus

Ceroplastes