von Ellenrieder, N., Kinnee, S.A., & Watson, G.W. 2022 Review of the genus Palmicultor Williams, 1963 (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae), with evidence of a cryptic species. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 97(4): 240-260


  • DNA
  • host
  • key
  • morphology
  • taxonomy
  • Notes: In this study, molecular and morphological analysis of Palmicultor Williams, 1963 (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae) mealybugs, intercepted on plant material entering California and collected in Florida, provides evidence for the existence of a cryptic species under the taxon currently known as P. palmarum. Considering the high intraspecific morphological variability within the genus, the molecular markers sequenced here provide a useful tool to confirm species identity during high-risk interceptions of these mealybugs.