International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


ISSN: 2455-4758

Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)

Description of new species Abgrallaspis kudhiensis (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) collected from Kudhi, Firozabad, U.P.

Author(s): Raj Vir Singh Ojha
Abstract: Abgrallaspis kudhiensis (n.sp.) collected from Kudhi Distract - Firozabad (U.P.) India and it is described as new species of armored scale insect, Abgrallaspis kudhiensis belongs to subfamily Aspidiotinae and family Diaspididae. All the insects of this family are commonly known as armored scales which are the most successful group of plant parasitic insects and include some of the most damaging and notorious economical, agricultural or horticultural pests. They are found in the tropics, subtropics and warmer portions of the temperate zones. All the scale insects are strictly sexually dimorphic in nature. The female has no wings, no legs with reduced antennae and with piercing and sucking type mouth parts. The body of the adult female Abgrallaspis kudhiensis is pyriform, widely rounded anteriorly gradually narrowing posteriorly towards the more or less pointed pygidium. There are 20-22 perivulvar pores arranged in five groups in A. cyanophylli and A. nahari n.sp. like that of A. kudhiensis n. sp. The L1 lobe of A. cyanophylli (Signoret) is deeply notched at both sides and widely rounded like that of A. kudhiensis n. sp. They live permanently on its host and are apterous, degenerate scale like or with a hard waxy coating and neotenic (larvae form) that functions as reproductive machinery.
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