Valid Names ResultsMadarococcus megaventris Hardy & Gullan, 2008 (Eriococcidae: Madarococcus)
- Madarococcus megaventris Hardy & Gullan 2008: 388-390. Type data: AUSTRALIA: New South Wales, New England National Park, ex N. moorei in tubular leaf gall, 3/31/1972, by J. W. Beardsley. Holotype, female, Type depository: Canberra: Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Entomology, Australia; accepted valid name Notes: Paratypes. New South Wales: 5 adult females: same data as holotype (BPBM); 5 adult females: New England National Park, Styx River, Forest Way, c. 200 m NE of Beech Lookout, 30°30´58´´S, 152°21´30´´E, 1394 m, galls on leaves of N. moorei, 10/13/2006, M. D. Crisp & D. Morris (ANIC); 6 adult females: New England NP, Point Lookout, 30°28´32´´S, 152°24´17´´E, 1506 m, galls on leaves of N. moorei, 10/13/2006, M. D. Crisp & D. Morris.
Families: 1 | Genera: 1
- Nothofagus moorei | HardyGuHe2008
- New South Wales | HardyGuHe2008
- HardyGuHo2008: pp.375-376 ( Adult (F) ) [Key to species of Madarococcus based on adult females]
- Systematics: It would be hard to confuse full-grown adult females of M. megaventris with any other scale insect, due to the grossly distended venter. Adult females of M. megaventris are most similar morphologically to those of M. meander and M. cunicularius. Sequence data recovered strong support for a sister-group relationship between M. megaventris and M. meander, the only two species from Australia known to induce galls on Nothofagus. (Hardy, et al., 2008)
- Structure: Adult female body outline oblong, greatly expanded venter extending forward far beyond sclerotic dorsum. Eyespot either incorporated into sclerotic dorsal derm, or just ventrad of it. Antennae 6-segmented. (Hardy, et al., 2008)
- Biology: The adult female of M. megaventris induces finger-like galls on the leaves of N. moorei. The dorsum is flat and plugs the gall opening and the venter is expanded to fill the gall cavity. (Hardy, et al., 2008)
- General Remarks: Detailed description and illustration in Hardy, et al., 2008.