Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 369–378 | Cite as

The Genus Coccidella Hambleton (Hemiptera: Rhizoecidae) with Description of Two New Species

  • M B Kaydan
  • Z Konczné Benedicty
  • D T Kondo
  • A A Ramos-Portilla
  • É Szita
Systematics, Morphology and Physiology


A study was conducted on the Neotropical scale insect genus Coccidella Hambleton (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Rhizoecidae) based on soil sample material deposited at the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Descriptions of the adult females of two new Coccidella species, i.e., Coccidella hexapora Kaydan & Konczné Benedicty, sp. n. and Coccidella kozari Kaydan & Szita, sp. n., are provided, plus a redescription and illustration of adult female of Coccidella kissbalazsi Konczné Benedicty & Kozár. An identification key and new additional locality records for the currently known Coccidella species are provided and the affinities of the new species are discussed.


Coccidella identification key South America neotropics redescription 



The third author (TK) thanks the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (CORPOICA) for partial support of this study. We are grateful to Dr. Gillian W. Watson (Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, California, USA) and to Dr. Yair Ben-Dov (Department of Entomology, Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel) for their helpful suggestions to improve the manuscript.


ZooBank registration can be found at

Coccidella hexapora Kaydan & Konczné Benedicty sp. n.:

Coccidella kozari Kaydan & Szita sp. n.:


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural ResearchHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Imamoglu Vocational SchoolÇukurova ÜnivAdanaTurkey
  3. 3.Çukurova Univ Biotechnology Research CentreAdanaTurkey
  4. 4.Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (CORPOICA), Centro de Investigación PalmiraPalmiraColombia
  5. 5.Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario ICA, Grupo Sistemática de Insectos Agronomía, Museo Entomológico UNAB, Facultad de AgronomíaUniv Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia

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