oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Two new South African Diaspididae (Homoptera)

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Among some scale insects submitted recently for identification from South Africa are some interesting collections of Clavaspis MacGillivray of the tribe Aspidiotini. Two of these, taken from plum and pear trees at Ceres, come close to C. pectinatus (Lindinger); redescriptionbed by Balachowsky (1956), but differ in only a few characters. It has not been possible, at this stage, to determine whether they are new species or whether they come within the range of variation of C. pectinatus. Another Clavaspis species submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Pretoria, showing an obvious relationship to C. pectinatus, seems definitely to be new and this is descriptionbed below.

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