Mycetaspis personata (Comstock)

Kondo, Takumasa & Muñoz, Jazmín Adriana, 2016, Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) associated with avocado crop, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae) in Valle del Cauca and neighboring departments of Colombia, Insecta Mundi 2016 (465), pp. 1-24: 7

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Mycetaspis personata (Comstock)


Mycetaspis personata (Comstock)  

Material studied. Colombia. Valle del Cauca: Palmira: Rozo, Finca Brasil , 03°36 ′ 36.0 ″ N, 76°25 ′ 08.5 ″ W, 967 m, 10.xii.2008, coll. A. Arias, J. Muñoz, ex avocado cv. ‘ Papelillo’ (‘Lorena’), 1 ( UVCO), 1 ( MECP) GoogleMaps   ; Same data except 19.xii.2008, coll. J. Muñoz, ex avocado cv. ‘ Papelillo’ (‘Lorena’), 2 ( UVCO)   .

Distribution. Cosmopolitan ( Ben-Dov et al. 2015).

Remarks. We found M. personata   on the upper surface of avocado leaves of the ‘Lorena’ cultivar. This species is very small, only measuring about 1 mm in diameter ( Evans et al. 2009). The species is fairly polyphagous and has been recorded on 17 plant families ( Ben-Dov et al. 2015). In Colombia, M. personata   is commonly found on the leaves of mango and Ficus   spp., but in small numbers and it is not considered of economic importance in Colombia (T. Kondo, personal observation).


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