Bombacoccus aguacatae Kondo
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Bombacoccus aguacatae, a new scale species found on avocados in Colombia

IDENTITY

Name: Bombacoccus aguacatae Kondo
Taxonomic Position:
Insecta: Hemiptera: Coccidae

Significance:
A new genus and species of soft scale, Bombacoccus aguacatae, was found infesting the branches and twigs of Persea americana (avocado) in Colombia. Fruits and leaves of infested trees were also affected by sooty mold growing on the scale's honeydew. Because this scale was placed into a new genus and species, there is no other information available concerning its host range and distribution.

Hosts:Collected on the varieties ‘Booth 8’ and ‘Hass’ avocados.

Distribution:Colombia


OTHER INFORMATION:

References:
Kondo, T. 2010. Description of a new coccid (Hemiptera, Coccidae) on avocado (Persea americana Mill.) from Colombia, South America. ZooKeys 42:37-45.


Warning: The information in this alert has not been confirmed with the appropriate National Plant Protection Organization and is provided solely as an early warning. Please use the above information with caution.

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Prepared on: 04/23/2010