oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A redescription of the Florida wax scale Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock (Homoptera: Coccidae)

Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The Florida wax scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, was descriptionbed in 1881, the same paper being re-issued 35 years later (Comstock, 1916). The original descriptionption contains almost no morphological characters of current taxonomic significance. Kuwana (1923) presented a relatively detailed descriptionption of what he considered to be C. floridensis. However, Takahashi (1953) concluded that previous records of this species from Japan were misidentifications of C. japonicus Green. Ferris (1950) published a redescriptionption which he attributed to C. floridensis. This redescriptionption was based on specimens collected in China, which were found to ""...agree quite closely with others from Florida which are accepted as this species"".

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