Valid Names ResultsFerrisia pitcairnia Kaydan & Gullan, 2012 (Pseudococcidae: Ferrisia)
- Ferrisia pitcairnia Kaydan & Gullan 2012. Type data: PUERTO RICO: Maricao, Road # 120, km 17.5, on Pitcairnia sp., 7/5/2003 by D.R. Miller. Holotype, female, by original designation Type depository: Davis: The Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, California, USA; accepted valid name Illustr.
Families: 1 | Genera: 1
- Puerto Rico & Vieques Island
- Puerto Rico | KaydanGu2012
- KaydanGu2012: pp.11-12 ( Adult (F) ) [Key to species of Ferrisia based on adult females]
- Systematics: urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:9387D25D-0AC6-41E8-827D-9C904B603A9F
Ferrisia pitcairnia is most similar to F. colombiana but the two species can be easily separated by the much smaller size of F. pitcairnia (1.3-1.8 mm long, 0.5-1.0 mm wide) compared to F. colombiana (1.9-2.1 mm long, 1.0-1.2 mm wide); absence of translucent pores on hind legs (present in F. colombiana); and by the smaller number of ventral oral-collar tubular ducts (15-23 in F. pitcairnia and 55-75 in F. colombiana). (Kaydan & Gullan, 2012)
- Structure: Ferrisia pitcairnia can be diagnosed by the following combination of features: small body size; absence of clusters of small oral-collar tubular ducts on ventral margins of abdominal segments; ventral oral-collar tubular ducts generally associated with 1 or 2 minute discoidal pores around the rim (each pore slightly larger than duct opening, 3-4 mm in diameter); dorsal enlarged tubular ducts totalling 13-27 throughout dorsum, rim of each duct often with 1 or 2 oval discoidal pores usually adjacent to duct opening; number of multilocular disc pores on venter as follows: 0-4 on abdominal segment V, 5-9 on VI, 12-27 on VII, and 12-23 on VIII + IX, sometimes 1 pore between labium and anterior spiracle on each side; both pairs of ostioles present and well developed; antennae 7 or 8 (mostly 7) segmented. (Kaydan & Gullan, 2012)
- Biology: The collection of this species made by Alex Segarra on 5 October 2006 was from a clump of plants growing on the ground under heavy shade at 2,600 feet [793 m] elevation on a SW facing slope, and most of mealybugs were protected within the tender inner leaf whorls (few on the exterior) and they were tended by small ants. (Kaydan & Gullan, 2012)
- General Remarks: Detailed description and illustration in Kaydan and Gullan, 2012.