oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the status and identity of the cochineal insects (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Dactylopiidae)



The status and identity of the cochineal insects currently assigned to the genus Dactylopius O. Costa, 1835 are discussed. Altogether nine species, five old and four new, are dealt with: D. austrinus spec. nov.; ceylonicus (Green, 1896); coccus O. Costa, 1835; confertus spec. nov.; confusus (Cockerell, 1893); opuntiae (Cockerell, 1896); salmianus spec. nov.; tomentosus (Lamark, 1801) and zimmermanni spec. nov.


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