Poliaspoides MacGillivray

Ulgenturk, Selma & Pellizzari, Giuseppina, 2013, A new species of Poliaspoides MacGillivray (Hemiptera, Diaspididae) on Bambusa siamensis (Poaceae) imported into Turkey, Zootaxa 3694 (5), pp. 493-499: 494

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Poliaspoides MacGillivray


Genus Poliaspoides MacGillivray  

Natalaspis MacGillivray, 1921: 309   . Type species: Chionaspis simplex Green. Subsequently   designated by Ferris, 1938: 71. Poliaspoides MacGillivray, 1938: 71   . Type species: Odonaspis simplex formosana   . Subsequently designated by Ben-Dov & Takagi, 1974: 45.

Diagnosis: body elongate, antennae with 2 setae, pygidium and lateral areas of prepygidial segments sclerotised, pygidium slightly rounded with crenulated margin; plates, lobes, spines, marginal sclerosis absent; ducts scattered; dorsal ducts on pygidium larger than ventral ducts; with or without perivulvar pores in 5 groups.

At present, the genus Poliaspoides   includes three species: P. formosana (Takahashi)   , P. simplex (Green)   and P. leptocarpi (Brittin)   . Of these, P. formosana   and P. simplex   were collected off bamboos ( Poaceae   ) whereas P. leptocarpi   is monophagous on Apodasmia   (= Leptocarpus   ) similis (Restinaceae), which is endemic to New Zealand (Henderson, 2011). With regard to their distribution, P. formosana   and P. simplex   are Asiatic species, the first having been recorded from China, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan and introduced into some Indian Ocean islands ( Mauritius, Reunion) and African countries ( Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa) (Takagi, 1995; Ben- Dov et al., 2012), whilst the latter is known only from India and Sri Lanka. P. leptocarpi   is currently restricted to New Zealand.