Giliomee, J.H. 2001 The Asterolecaniidae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of South Africa.. Entomologica 33(1999): 85-89.


  • taxonomy
  • Notes: [Special Issue: Proceedings of the ISSIS VIII International Symposium on Scale Insect Studies held at Wye College (U.K.), Aug. 31st - Sept. 6th, 1998.] The 16 species of Asterolecaniidae known from South Africa can be tentatively placed in six genera based on the characters of the adult female (Abditococcus, Asterodiaspis, Asterolecanium, Bambusaspis, Planchonia and Russellaspis. Some species do not fit into these genera as presently defined, requiring a redefinition of some genera or the creation of new ones. However, it appears that the characters on which the genera of the Asterolecaniidae are presently based are too few in number and unreliable, making a detailed study of other characters of the female and eight other stages necessary for a better understanding of the relationships within this family.