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

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



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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