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First record of Pulvinaria urbicola Cockerell (Hemiptera: Coccidae), a potentially damaging scale insect, on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean

Neumann, Gabor; O'Dowd, Dennis J.; Gullan, Penny J; Green, Peter T.

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Pulvinaria urbicola Cockerell, a pulvinariine soft scale (Hemiptera: Coccidae), is a broad host-plant generalist, produces honeydew and is commonly tended by ants, including the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes Smith and big-headed ant Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius). Pu. urbicola is implicated in dieback of forest dominated by Pisonia grandis (Nyctaginaceae) on many Indo-Pacific islands. Here we report detection of Pu. urbicola on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean), describe the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/65957
Source: Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
DOI: 10.1016/j.aspen.2013.09.001

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