Valid Names ResultsMirococcopsis ptilura Gavrilov-Zimin, 2017 (Pseudococcidae: Mirococcopsis)
- Mirococcopsis ptilura Gavrilov-Zimin 2017: 4. Type data: SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape Prov., near Lower Palmiet River, 34°19.713 S, 18°58.841 E, on twigs of Aspalathus sp. (Fabaceae), 11/7/2016, by S. Neser and Ph.E. Chetverikov. Holotype, female, by original designation Type depository: Pretoria: ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute, South Africa; accepted valid name Illustr.
Families: 1 | Genera: 1
- Aspalathus | GavrilCh2017
- South Africa | GavrilCh2017
- Systematics: urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:0639ED7E-435F-4485-BFD5-DD254A49C172 In view of the total reduction of the cerarii, a claw without a denticle and the simplified anal apparatus the species seems to be related to species of the Palaearctic genus Mirococcopsis Borchsenius, 1948, especially to M. sphaerica (Balachowsky, 1930) which is known from Tunisia. The new species differs from M. sphaerica in the absence of fungiform ducts, the presence of translucent pores on the hind legs and the structure of the anal apparatus with a closed anal ring lacking any setae (in contrast to an open-ended anal ring with 6 small setae in M. sphaerica). (Gavrilov-Zimin & Chetverikov, 2017)
- Structure: Female body broadly oval or almost round, up to 2 mm long, enclosed in soft wax sac. Antennae 7-segmented. Legs shortened, middle and hind legs with enlarged coxae; hind femurs and tibiae with translucent pores; claw without a denticle. Ostioles represented by posterior pair only. Circulus absent. Anal apparatus strongly simplified and includes only sclerotized ring and short internal anal tube. Multilocular pores forming sparse transverse rows on posterior abdominal tergites and sternites. Trilocular pores sparsely scattered on all body surface excluding medial zone of thoracic sternites. Simple discoidal pores with heavily sclerotized rim forming groups of 2–3 pores on posterior abdominal tergite. Simple tubular ducts of two sizes: larger ducts about two times as long as diameter of multilocular pore; smaller ducts slightly longer than diameter of multilocular pore; both types of ducts scattered over entire body surface, but larger ducts more numerous in marginal zone of body on both sides. Short and thin flagellate setae scattered on entire body surface; setae on anal segment signifi cantly longer. (Gavrilov-Zimin & Chetverikov, 2017)
- Biology: Primolarvae were observed inside the female bodies (ovoviviparity) show a simplified anal apparatus and unusual huge trilocular pores about 2 times as large as the usual pores and forming a row along the body margin. (Gavrilov-Zimin & Chetverikov, 2017)
- General Remarks: Detailed description and illustration in Gavrilov-Zimin & Chetverikov, 2017.