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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 315–321 | Cite as

Andaspis formicarum n. sp. (Homoptera, Diaspididae) associated with a species ofMelissotarsus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in South Africa

  • Y. Ben-Dov
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Summary

The description is given of the adult female ofAndaspis formicarum a new species of armoured scale insects from East London, South Africa. This diaspidid was discovered to develop in association with ants belonging to a species ofMelissotarsus within the ants' galleries in the twigs ofFicus trees. A speculative discussion is presented on the nature of the association of diaspidids with ants.

Keywords

Scale Insect Speculative Discussion Armoured Scale Armoured Scale Insect 
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Andaspis formicarum n. sp. (Homoptera, Diaspididae) associée à une espèce deMelissotarsus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) en Afrique du Sud

Résumé

Une nouvelle espèce de cochenille d'East London (Afrique du Sud),Andaspis formicarum, est décrite d'après la femelle adulte. On a découvert que ce Diaspididé se développe en association avec des fourmis appartenant à une espèce deMelissotarsus, à l'intérieur des galeries de ces fourmis dans des rameaux deFicus. Des hypothèses sont émises sur la nature de l'association entre Diaspididés et fourmis.

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© Masson 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Ben-Dov
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  1. 1.Plant Protection Research InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa

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