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Abstract

The distribution of the mealybug genus Planococcus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in Melanesia, Polynesia and Kiribati.

Abstract

After checking the identity of numerous mealybugs of the genus Planococcus from the south Pacific, many of which were previously recorded as P. citri (Risso), it was established that the most widespread is the recently described species P. pacificus Cox. P. citri is present in some islands, but the collection dates are recent, suggesting a recent introduction. Although P. pacificus is known from the area since the first quarter of the present century, it may have been introduced also. P. lilacinus (Ckll.) possibly arrived from southern Asia and P. dioscoreae Williams from the eastern part of the Oriental Region. The known host-plants are listed.