Valid Names ResultsRipersia leptospermi Maskell, 1889 (Pseudococcidae: Ripersia)
- Ripersia leptospermi Maskell 1889: 106-107. Type data: AUSTRALIA:. Syntypes, female, Type depository: Auckland: New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, New Zealand; Washington: United States National Entomological Collection, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, District of Columbia, USA; accepted valid name
Families: 1 | Genera: 1
- Leptospermum laevigatum | Maskel1889
- South Australia | Willia1985
- Systematics: This species has been determined to be an eriococcid following examination by D.R. Miller of Maskell specimens held in the USNM and by P.J. Gullan of ANIC specimens collected in 1960 by H.M. Brookes in South Australia. However, in keeping with our policy to only include published information, it will remain in Pseudococcidae under Ripersia until information reassigning leptospermi to a new genus has been published. A personal comment by D.R. Miller states that "The tubular ducts are typical eriococcid type with a cup at the end; the legs have very few setae, I count 4 on one femur; the sensoria on the trochanter are transverse in the middle of the segment rather than near the femur as on most pseudococcids; the multilocular pores have 5 to 9 loculi that are star shaped as in most eriococcids ; the antenna appears to be 6 segmented; I think the labium is 3 segmented with a narrow basal segment; there are 4 pairs of anal ring setae; there are cruciform pores; there are translucent pores on the hind coxa; I see no evidence of ostioles, a circulus, or trilocular pores."
- General Remarks: Williams (1985) states that "Maskell (1889) described Ripersia leptospermi from South Australia as a mealybug on Leptospermum laevigatum, but it is here transferred to the Eriococcidae after examination of authentic material."