Kondo, T., Gullan, P.J., Watson, G.W., Bustillo Pardey, A.E., & Montes, L.G. 2015 New distribution and host records for white coconut scale, Parlagena bennetti Williams (Hemiptera: Diaspididae). Insecta Mundi 0422: 1–6


  • distribution
  • host
  • taxonomy
  • Notes: The white coconut scale, Parlagena bennetti Williams, 1969 (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) is reported for the first time on New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax J.R. Forst. & G. Forst. (Xanthorrhoeaceae), coconut, Cocos nucifera L., Manila palm, Veitchia merrillii (Becc.) H.E. Moore, oil palm, Elaeis guineensis Jacq. and an oil palm hybrid OxG: E. oleifera x E. (Arecaceae) in continental Colombia, and on coconut from Venezuela. Previ- ously, P. bennetti was known only on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and San Andres, causing serious damage to coconut, its only known host until now. A brief characterization of P. bennetti and an updated list of 23 species of scale insects of the family Diaspididae reported worldwide on Elaeis spp. is provided.

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