oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on some African species of Saissetia (Homoptera: Coccoidea : Coccidae).

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Since the previous paper (De Lotto, 1956) was sent to the press, typical material of some species referable to the genus Saissetia descriptionbed by Newstead from Uganda became available for examination and these are treated in this paper together with five apparently new species collected in Kenya and Tanganyika. Recently Takahashi (1955) erected the genus Parasaissetia, with nigra (Nietner) as the type, for the inclusion of species whose tarsi are not freely-articulated and the dorsal dermis at maturity is marked by a reticulated pattern. In view of the still incomplete knowledge of the local fauna, which makes it premature to undertake any generic revision, the new genus is here omitted. A critical analysis of Saissetia and related genera may be made later. For the time being the species dealt with in the present series of papers are limited to those provided on the venter with a band of tubular ducts all along the marginal or submarginal area of the body. Altogether in this and the previous paper nineteen species or varieties have been reviewed or descriptionbed.

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