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Ceroplastes ceriferus
(Indian wax scale)

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Ceroplastes ceriferus (Indian wax scale)

Summary

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  • 24 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Ceroplastes ceriferus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Indian wax scale
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Ceroplastes ceriferus (Fabricius, 1798)

Preferred Common Name

  • Indian wax scale

Other Scientific Names

  • Ceroplastes australiae Walker, 1852
  • Ceroplastes cerifera (Fabricius) Gill, 1988
  • Ceroplastes ceriferens (Anderson) De Lotto, 1965
  • Ceroplastes ceriferus (Anderson) Signoret, 1869
  • Ceroplastes vayssierei Mahdihassan, 1933
  • Coccus (Ceroplastes) chilensis Gray, 1828
  • Coccus ceriferus Fabricius, 1798
  • Columnea cerifera (Fabricius) Targioni Tozzetti, 1866
  • Columnea chilensis (Gray) Targioni Tozzetti, 1866
  • Gascardia cerifera (Anderson)
  • Lacca alba Signoret; Signoret, 1869

International Common Names

  • English: Indian white wax scale; Japanese wax scale; wax scale, Indian; wax scale, Japanese

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Indische wachs-schildlaus; Schildlaus, Indische Wachs-
  • USA: Chinese wax scale; Mexican wax scale

EPPO code

  • CERPCE (Ceroplastes ceriferus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
  •                             Unknown: Coccoidea
  •                                 Family: Coccidae
  •                                     Genus: Ceroplastes
  •                                         Species: Ceroplastes ceriferus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 30 Jun 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

MalawiPresent
TanzaniaPresent
UgandaPresent

Asia

CambodiaPresent
ChinaPresent
-GuizhouPresent
-ZhejiangPresent
Hong KongPresent
IndiaPresent
-AssamPresent
-BiharPresent
-Himachal PradeshPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-KeralaPresent
-Madhya PradeshPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-Uttar PradeshPresent
-West BengalPresent
IndonesiaPresent
-JavaPresent
JapanPresent
-HonshuPresent
LaosPresent
MalaysiaPresent
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresent
MyanmarPresent
PhilippinesPresent
Sri LankaPresent
TaiwanPresent
ThailandPresent
TurkeyPresent2015
VietnamPresent

Europe

BulgariaPresent2013
HungaryPresent2016Original citation: Szita and Érsek
ItalyPresent, Localized
NetherlandsAbsent, Intercepted only
SloveniaAbsent, Intercepted only

North America

GuadeloupePresent
JamaicaPresent
MexicoPresent
PanamaPresent
Puerto RicoPresent
U.S. Virgin IslandsPresent
United StatesPresent
-AlabamaPresent
-ArkansasPresent
-CaliforniaAbsent, Eradicated
-District of ColumbiaPresent
-FloridaPresent
-GeorgiaPresent
-IllinoisPresent
-LouisianaPresent
-MarylandPresent
-MississippiPresent
-New JerseyPresent
-New YorkPresent
-North CarolinaPresent
-OhioPresent
-OklahomaPresent
-PennsylvaniaPresent
-South CarolinaPresent
-TennesseePresent
-TexasPresent
-VirginiaPresent
-WashingtonPresent

Oceania

AustraliaPresent
-New South WalesPresent
-QueenslandPresent
-Western AustraliaPresent
Cook IslandsPresent
FijiPresent
GuamPresent
New CaledoniaPresent
New ZealandPresent
PalauPresent
Papua New GuineaPresent
TongaPresent
VanuatuPresent

South America

BrazilPresent
ChilePresent

Growth Stages

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Flowering stage, Fruiting stage, Seedling stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / honeydew or sooty mould
Growing point / external feeding
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / abnormal leaf fall
Leaves / external feeding
Leaves / honeydew or sooty mould
Leaves / internal feeding
Leaves / wilting
Stems / discoloration of bark
Stems / external feeding
Stems / honeydew or sooty mould
Whole plant / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Anicetus beneficus Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Anicetus ceroplastis Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Anicetus rarisetus Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Anicetus zhejiangensis Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Chilocorus kuwanae Predator Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Coccophagus lycimnia Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Eublemma scitula Predator Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Microterys australicus Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Scutellista caerulea Predator Eggs

References

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Ali SM, 1971. A catalogue of the Oriental Coccoidea (Part V) (Insecta: Homoptera: Coccoidea). Indian Museum Bulletin, 6:7-82.

Avasthi RK, Shafee SA, 1986. Species of Ceroplastinp (Homoptera: Coccidae) from India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 83(2):327-338

Ben-Dov Y, 1993. A systematic catalogue of the soft scale insects of the world (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae) with data on geographical distribution, host plants, biology and economic importance. Gainesville, USA: Sandhill Crane Press, Inc., 536 pp.

Boratynski KL, Williams DJ, 1964. Coccoidea. In: Kloet GS, Hinks WD, eds. Checklist of British Insects. 2nd ed. Handbook for the Identification of British Insects, 11:87-94.

Carnero Hernandez A, Perez Guerra G, 1986. Coccids (Homoptera: Coccoidea) of the Canary Islands. Comunicaciones I.N.I.A., Proteccion Vegetal, No. 25:85pp.

De Lotto G, 1971. On some genera and species of wax scales (Homoptera: Coccidae). Journal of Natural History, 5(2):133-153

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

Gimpel WF, Miller DR, Davidson JA, 1974. A systematic revision of the wax scales, genus Ceroplastes, in the United States (Homoptera; Coccoidea; Coccidae). Maryland, USA: University of Maryland, Agricultural Experiment Station, Miscellaneous Publication 841, 1-85.

Green EE, 1921. Observations on British Coccidae: with descriptions of new species. VII Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 57:257-259.

Hamon AB, Williams ML, 1984. The soft scale insects of Florida (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae). Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas, 11:1-94.

Itioka T, Inoue T, 1991. Settling-site selection and survival of two scale insects, Ceroplastes rubens and C. ceriferus, on citrus trees. Researches on Population Ecology, 33(1):69-85

Kawai S, 1980. Scale Insects of Japan in Colours. Tokyo, Japan: National Agriculture Education Association, 455 pp.

Kosztarab M, 1996. Scale Insects of North Eastern North America: identification, biology, and distribution. Martinsville, USA: Virginia Museum of Natural History, 650 pp.

Kuwana SI, 1923. Descriptions and biology of new or little-known coccids from Japan. Department of Agriculture of Commercial Importance. Plant Quarantine Bulletin, 3:1-67.

Lai CB, 1993. Study on the bionomics of Ceroplastes ceriferus Anderson in tea gardens and its control. Entomological Knowledge, 30(6):337-338

Lindinger L, 1911. Afrikanische SchildlSuse. IV. Kanarische Cocciden. Ein Beitrag zur Fauna der Kanarischen Inseln. Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten, 28:1-38.

Nash RF, 1973. Control of the peony scale, Pseudaonidia paeoniae, and a wax scale, Ceroplastes ceriferus, with granular systemic insecticides on Camellia japonica. Journal of the Georgia Entomological Society, 8(2):149-151

Qin TK, Gullan PJ, 1994. Taxonomy of the wax scales (Hemiptera: Coccidae: Ceroplastinae) in Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 8(4):923-959

Seljak G, 2012. Six new alien phytophagous insect species recorded in Slovenia in 2011. Acta Entomologica Slovenica, 20(1):31-44. http://www2.pms-lj.si/biblioteka/acta_entomologica.html

Sivaramakrishnan VR, 1986. Ceroplastes ceriferus Anderson (Homoptera: Coccidae) a new pest of poplars. Indian Journal of Forestry, 9(4):353-354

Smith D, 1973. Insect pests of avocados. Queensland Agricultural Journal, 99(12):645-653

Smith FF, Oba AK, McComb CW, Weidhass JA, 1971. Development and control of a wax-scale, Ceroplastes ceriferus. Journal of Economic Entomology, 64:889-893.

Szita, É., Érsek, L., 2017. Occurrence of the Indian wax scale (Coccomorpha: Coccidae: Ceroplastes ceriferus) outdoors in Hungary., 53(4), 148-151.

Tang FT, 1991. The Coccidae of China. Taiyuan, China: Shanxi United Universities Press.

Williams DJ, Watson GW, 1990. The scale insects of the tropical South Pacific region. Part 3: the soft scales (Coccidae) and other families. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 267 pp.

Xu ZH, Li XL, 1991. A new species of the genus Anicetus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) from China. Entomotaxonomia, 13(3):219-221

Distribution References

Ali SM, 1971. A catalogue of the Oriental Coccoidea (Part V) (Insecta: Homoptera: Coccoidea). In: Indian Museum Bulletin, 6 7-82.

Avasthi R K, Shafee S A, 1986. Species of Ceroplastinae (Homoptera: Coccidae) from India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 83 (2), 327-338.

Ben-Dov Y, 1993. A systematic catalogue of the soft scale insects of the world (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae) with data on geographical distribution, host plants, biology and economic importance. Gainesville, USA: Sandhill Crane Press, Inc. xxviii + 536 pp.

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

EPPO, 2021. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO. https://gd.eppo.int/

Itioka T, Inoue T, 1991. Settling-site selection and survival of two scale insects, Ceroplastes rubens and C. ceriferus, on citrus trees. Researches on Population Ecology. 33 (1), 69-85. DOI:10.1007/BF02514575

Kosztarab M, 1996. Scale Insects of North Eastern North America: identification, biology, and distribution., Martinsville, USA: Virginia Museum of Natural History. 650 pp.

Lai C B, 1993. Study on the bionomics of Ceroplastes ceriferus Anderson in tea gardens and its control. Entomological Knowledge. 30 (6), 337-338.

NHM, 1929. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1940. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1954. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1964. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1968. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1973. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1976. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1982. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1990. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

NHM, 1991. Specimen record from the collection in the Natural History Museum (London, UK)., London, UK: Natural History Museum (London).

Pencheva A, Yovkova M, 2016. New data on alien insect pests of ornamental plants in Bulgaria. Forestry Ideas. 22 (1), 17-33. http://forestry-ideas.info/issues/issues_Index.php?pageNum_rsIssue=1&totalRows_rsIssue=9&journalFilter=55

Qin T K, Gullan P J, 1994. Taxonomy of the wax scales (Hemiptera: Coccidae: Ceroplastinae) in Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy. 8 (4), 923-959.

Seljak G, 2012. Six new alien phytophagous insect species recorded in Slovenia in 2011. Acta Entomologica Slovenica. 20 (1), 31-44. http://www2.pms-lj.si/biblioteka/acta_entomologica.html

Sivaramakrishnan V R, 1986. Ceroplastes ceriferus Anderson (Homoptera: Coccidae) - a new pest of poplars. Indian Journal of Forestry. 9 (4), 353-354.

Suh SooJung, Bombay K, 2015. Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) found on dracaena and ficus plants (Asparagales: Asparagaceae, Rosales: Moraceae) from southeastern Asia. Insecta Mundi. 1-10. http://centerforsystematicentomology.org/default.asp?action=insectamundi&id=insecta_new&year=2015

Ülgentürk S, 2016. A new introduced wax scale to Turkey: Ceroplastes ceriferus (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Coccidae). Munis Entomology & Zoology. 11 (2), 359-362. http://www.munisentzool.org

Williams D J, Watson G W, 1990. The scale insects of the tropical South Pacific region. Part 3: the soft scales (Coccidae) and other families. In: The scale insects of the tropical South Pacific region. Part 3: the soft scales (Coccidae) and other families. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. 267 pp.

Xu Z H, Li X L, 1991. A new species of the genus Anicetus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) from China. Entomotaxonomia. 13 (3), 219-221.

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