Mollicoccus guadalcanalanus Williams, 1960

Gavrilov-Zimin, Ilya A., 2020, Chromosomal and reproductive features of some Oriental and Australasian scale insects (Homoptera, Coccinea), Comparative Cytogenetics 14 (3), pp. 339-352: 339

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Mollicoccus guadalcanalanus Williams, 1960


Mollicoccus guadalcanalanus Williams, 1960   Figs 1d View Figure 1 , 2 View Figure 2


K 917, Indonesia, New Guinea, Manokwari, forest near the airport, on leaves of undetermined dicotyledonous herb, 8.XI. 2011, I.A. Gavrilov-Zimin.

New data.

2n = 10; bisexual reproduction with a Lecanoid heterochromatinization in male embryos; eggs are laid in loose ovisac at stage of anatrepsis suggesting incomplete ovoviviparity. Female reproductive system is similar in general details to that of Geococcus satellitum   (Fig. 2 View Figure 2 ).


These are the first cytogenetic and reproductive data for monotypic Australasian genus Mollicoccus   Williams, 1960. The diploid number 10 is considered a modal chromosome number for the family Pseudococcidae   as a whole ( Nur 1980, Gavrilov 2007, Gavrilov-Zimin et al. 2015).