Morphological study of adult male Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green) (Homoptera: Coccoidea: DIaspididae)
AKS Chauhan, Rajvir Singh Ojha
Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green)adult male collected from various localities of Shikohabad, Firozabad (U.P.), India and it is described a species of armoured scale insect, Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green)belongs to sub family Aspidiotinae and family Diaspididae. All the insects of this family are commonly known as armoured scales which are the successful group of plant parasitic insects and include some of the most damaging and notorious economical, agricultural or horticultural pests. These pests are found in the tropics, sub-tropics and warmer portions of the temperate zones. Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green) is an important pest of Annona squamosa, Mimusops elengi and Tamarindus indica. This pest attack on the both dorsal and ventral side of the host. Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green) is sexually dimorphic in nature. The body of the adult male Aspidiotus tamarindi is divided into head, thorax and abdomen. Head of male adult is conical, apex of head bears a pair of long apical setae, two pairs of round eyes. Thorax of an adult male Aspidiotus tamarindi is somewhat reduced and subdivided into pro, meso and metathorax. Meso and Metathorax bear one pair wings respectively. Thorax bears 3 pairs legs which located on each segment. The scutellum very characteristic for the adult male and it may help to this pest. Situation of the scutellum may also differ in different species. In Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green) the scutellum present just anterior to the centre of the mesothorax.
AKS Chauhan, Rajvir Singh Ojha. Morphological study of adult male Aspidiotus tamarindi (Green) (Homoptera: Coccoidea: DIaspididae). International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 01-05