The Matsucoccus Cockerell, 1909 of Florida (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Matsucoccidae): Potential pests of Florida pines

  • Muhammad Z. Ahmed
  • Charles H. Ray
  • Matthew R. Moore
  • Douglass R. Miller
Keywords: Distribution, southern US, taxonomy, Lindgren funnel trap, scale insects


Matsucoccus krystalae Ahmed and Miller, new species, (Hemiptera:Coccomorpha: Matsucocci­dae) is described based on morphological characters of adult females and third-­instar males. We designate the lectotype of Matsucoccus alabamae Morrison. Matsucoccus alabamae Morrison and M. gallicolus Mor­rison are redescribed, also based on adult females and third-­instar males. Detailed illustrations and descriptions are presented for each species and an identification key for the five species occurring in the eastern U.S. is provided. Analysis of 18S, 28S D2/D3, and 28S D10 loci were performed to support morphological determination. Barcodes using 5′ COI of M. alabamae and M. krystalae were generated, the first such data from authoritatively identified Matsucoccus species. Of particular interest is that most of the specimens in the study were taken in Lindgren funnel traps.