Yair Ben-Dov

Yair Ben-Dov
Agricultural Research Organization ARO | aro · Department of Entomology, Nematology and Chemistry

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In Israel, the cotton mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley, an invasive scale insect, was reported for the first time in the Jordan Valley in 2008 on basil (Ocimum basilicum) and bell pepper (Capsicum annuum). This mealybug is highly polyphagous with economic and environmental impacts. Since then, Ph. solenopsis has spread to almost every region...
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Hemipteran insects of the suborder Sternorrhyncha are plant-sap feeders, where each family is obligately associated with a specific bacterial endosymbiont that produces essential nutrients lacking in the sap. Coccidae (soft scale insects) is the only major sternorrhynchan family in which obligate symbiont(s) have not been identified. We studied the...
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In June 2014, the nigra scale Parasaissetia nigra (Nietner) (Hemiptera: Coccidae) was recorded for the first time in Greece on pomegranate, Punica granatum. Its occurrence was observed in an ornamental pomegranate tree in the campus of the Agricultural University of Athens. Information on its morphology, biology and distribution is presented.
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Species of the ant genus Melissotarsus Emery are widespread in the Afrotropical region (three species, namely M. beccarii Emery, M. emeryi Forel and M. weissi Santschi) and in the Madagascar region (one species, namely M. insularis Santschi). The ants of all these species tunnel their galleries in live wood of various dicotyledonous trees, close to...
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The pink hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green (Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) is registered for the first time in teak forest stands, Tectona grandis, in the municipality of São José de Quatro Marcos, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Information on the geographical distribution, biology, damage and management of this pest is provided.
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Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) are small herbivorous insects found on all continents except Antarctica. They are extremely invasive, and many species are serious agricultural pests. They are also emerging models for studies of the evolution of genetic systems, endosymbiosis and plant-insect interactions. ScaleNet was launched in 1995 to provi...
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Aspects of the biology and life history of six Kermesidae species were studied in Israel between the years 2010 and 2013, namely five species of Kermes Boitard: Kermes echinatus Balachowsky, K. greeni Bodenheimer, K. hermonensis Spodek & Ben-Dov, K. nahalali Bodenheimer and K. spatulatus Balachowsky and one species of Nidularia, N. balachowskii Bod...
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During the years 2010 to 2013, parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) were collected in Israel from five Kermes species (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Kermesidae), namely, Kermes echinatus Balachowsky, K. greeni Bodenheimer, K. hermonensis Spodek and Ben-Dov, K. nahalali Bodenheimer and K. spatulatus Balachowsky. These collections resulted in thirtee...
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The genus Dactylopius is the only genus at present in the family Dactylopiidae. Since the name Dactylopius was proposed in 1829, however, numerous other species names belonging to different families of scale insects have been combined with it and these are also listed. The present status and the family placement are also given for each species.
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The adult female of Odonaspis bouldersensis Ben-Dov, new species, collected in the Boulders National Park, Queensland, Australia, off a species of Poaceae, is described.
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New data are provided on the distribution and host plants of 21 species of scale insects from Cádiz Province in southern Spain. Four of these species, namely Dactylopius opuntiae, Coccidohystrix insolita, Dysmicoccus grassii and Vryburgia amaryllidis, are recorded for the first time from Spain. Excluding D. grassii, these species are regarded as in...
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N.Duran-Vila, J.Juarez, J.M.Arregui, M.I.Molins. 1987. Production of viroid-free grapevines by shoot-tip culture. IX Meeting of the International Council for the study of viruses and virus diseases of the grapevine. Israel, Septiembre 1987. Abstract P.18.
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The presence of the Opuntia cochineal scale insect, Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Dactylopiidae) is reported for the first time from Israel. It was collected off the Indian-fig prickly-pear, Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Miller (Cactaceae) in the Hula Valley of the Upper Galilee.
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A taxonomic revision is presented of the six Kermesidae species from Israel, namely, Kermes echinatus Balachowsky, K. greeni Bodenheimer, K. nahalali Bodenheimer, K. spatulatus Balachowsky, Nidularia balachowskii Bodenheimer, and K. hermonensis Spodek & Ben-Dov sp. n. Kermes bytinskii Sternlicht, syn. n. is established as a junior synonym of K. nah...
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ABSTRACT In this note we report the presence of Kermes hermonensis Spodek and Ben-Dov (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea: Kermesidae) in Turkey and add Quercus infectoria as a new host plant record.
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There is little information on the distribution and pest status of soft scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae) in vineyards in Australia despite the potential of this group to spread ampeloviruses and directly damage vines. A survey of coccid species in the main vineyard regions was therefore undertaken. Parthenolecanium persicae (62% of si...
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Coccoidea species (Hemiptera) on oak trees were collected from forest and urban areae in different part of Turkey. Some minor coccoid species and four new records of Turkish scale insect fauna (namely Asterodiaspis hadzibeyliae Borchsenius, A. repugnans (Russell) (Asterolecanidae), Eulecanium cerasorum (Cockerell) (Coccidae) and Puto israiliensis B...
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Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of four species of oaks (Fagaceae: Quercus) in Israel namely, Q. boissieri, Q. calliprinos, Q. ithaburensis, and Q. look were collected and identified from natural forest stands during the period 2010-2013. A total of twenty-seven species were determined from nine scale insect families: Asterolecaniidae (3 speci...
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The mealybug Rhodania occulta has been recorded for the first time in Greece. Adult females were collected from leaves sheaths of Lolium sp. (Poaceae) at Parnitha mount in Attica. This is the first record of the genus Rhodania in Greece.
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Descriptions and illustrations of the adult female and first-instar nymph of the kermesid Nidularia balachowskii Bodenheimer, based on the adult female lectotype and paralectotype (here designated), and new material collected from Israel are presented. A key for the identification of first-instar nymphs of Nidularia spp. is offered. Molecular ident...
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Thefirst-instar nymph and the adult female of Kermes echinatus Balachowsky (Hemiptera, Coccoidea, Kermesidae) are described and illustrated. This species is compared with Kermes vermilio Planchon, a morphologically similar species known in the Palaeractic region.
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The first-instar nymph and adult female of Kermes greeni Bodenheimer, 1931 are redescribed and a lectotype is designat-ed. Kermes palestiniensis Balachowsky, 1953 is synonymized with K. greeni. This synonymy is based on a study of the type material of K. greeni and K. palestiniensis, as well as on fresh, topotypic material collected from Quercus ca...
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Vineyards in Turkey were surveyed from July–August of 2006–2007 for the presence of mealybug infestation and the viral agents of leafroll and rugose wood diseases, namely vitiviruses and ampeloviruses, respectively. Plant and insect samples in the main grape-growing regions were collected and processed for nucleic acid isolation. The reverse transc...
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New host plant and geographic distribution records are presented for 22 scale insect species of six families collected in the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo, Ceará, and Pernambuco during 2006 to 2009. Nine species, Aclerda takahashii Kuwana, 1932, Ceroplastes cirripediformis Comstock, 1881, C. acutus Peronti, 2008, C. stellifer (Westwood, 1871...
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This article is an update (closing-date December 2010) of the Margarodidae sensu lato catalogue (Ben-Dov, 2005a). The 457 species and subspecies placed among 73 genera of scale insects are classified in 11 families. The geographical distribution and host plants are given for each species and subspecies.
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Apterous and alate viviparous females of Aphis illinoisensis Shimer (Hemiptera: Aphididae) were collected on grape, Vitis vinifera L., in three different regions of Israel. Detailed information is given about this species distribution in Israel. A key is provided to the apterous females of aphid species known to infest grape in Israel. KeywordsGra...
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The scale insects Acanthomytilus sacchari (Hall) and Duplachionaspis erianthi Borchsenius (Hemiptera, Diaspididae) are newly recorded as indigenous insects from Turkey. Both A. sacchari and D. erianthi were found to feed only on rhizomes of Johnsongrass. A field study was conducted to determine host ranges and feeding effects of these scale insects...
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Melissoaspis n.gen. is established for two species, namely Melissoaspis fisheri n. sp. and Melissoaspis reticulata n. sp., and a further new species is also described, Morganella formicaria n. sp. all from Madagascar. All the above-mentioned scale insects were collected from galleries of the ant Melissotarsus insularis Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formic...
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Melissoaspis n.gen. is established for two species, namely Melissoaspis fisheri n. sp. and Melissoaspis reticulata n. sp., and a further new species is also described, Morganella formicaria n. sp. all from Madagascar. All the above-mentioned scale insects were collected from galleries of the ant Melissotarsus insularis Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formic...
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Eleven species of scale insects are recorded from southern Spain, with data on their geographical distribution and host plants. Four of these species, Micrococcus silvestrii Leonardi, 1907, Antonina graminis (Maskell, 1897), Pseudococcus cryptus Hempel, 1918 and Planococcus vovae (Nasonov, 1908), are recorded for the first time from the Iberian Pen...
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Scale insect names combined with the genus name Coccus Linnaeus, number almost 550. These names are listed and annotated after searching the relevant taxonomic and economic literature published since 1758. Where possible, we give the current status for each name and discuss names of species that we regard as unrecognisable. We transfer Coccus stipu...
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Surveys were made in the main grape growing region (Southeast Anatolia) of Turkey for the occurrence of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus-5 (GLRaV-5). Plant samples with typical leafroll symptoms and mealybugs, Planococcus ficus (Signoret) were used for assessing the occurrence of GLRaV-5 by RT-PCR. A 272 bp band representing GLRaV-5 infection wa...
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SYNOPSISThe generic characters of Ischnaspis Douglas are given. Redescriptions are presented of the females of its type-species I. Jongirostris (Signoret) and of I.macrolobii Laing. A new species, I.tecleae, is described from South Africa. A new genus, Trischnaspis, is established, and a redescription is given of its type-species Ischnaspis bipinde...
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SYNOPSISThe genus Bodenheimera Bodenheimer is redefined and assigned to the family The first instar larva and female of the type-species, B. rachelae (Boden-Coccidae. heimer), are redescribed.
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The olive Parlatoria scale, Parlatoria oleae (Colvée) and the apple oyster-shell scale Lepidosaphes ulmi (L.) (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Diaspididae) are recorded for the first time infesting the oil-rose, Rosa damascena, at Isparta, Turkey. These armoured scale insects are considered as potential pests to the cultivation of the oil-rose.
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The mealybug Trabutina mannipara (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1829) is described and illustrated, and a neotype female selected from topotypic material collected in the Sinai Peninsula. A lectotype female is designated for Trabutina palestina Bodenheimer (1927) which is shown to be a junior synonym of T.mannipara.
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Abstract The type-species of four genera of Pseudococcidae are studied. Fonscolombia Lichtenstein is redefined, the type-species, Fonscolombia graminis Lichtenstein is assigned to the Pseudococcidae, redescribed and a lectotype designated. Laboulbenia Lichtenstein is accepted as an objective synonym of Antonina Signoret. Tetrura Lichtenstein (non:...
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A new genus of soft scale insect (Homoptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae), Tillancoccus, and two new species T. mexicanus and T. tillandsiae are described and illustrated from the adult females. The new species are recorded from Tillandsia plants in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
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The wax scales species Waxiella africana (Green, 1899) stat.n. and W.mimosae (Signoret, 1872) are recognized as distinct species. Redescriptions are given for the females of both species and lectotypes designated. Waxiella tamaricis sp.n., collected on Tamarix articulata in Israel, is described from the female. Ceroplastes africanus cristatus Green...
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The generic diagnosis of Kilifia De Lotto, a genus of soft-scale insects, is presented together with a key and description of the five species included: acuminata (Signoret), americana sp.n., deltoides De Lotto, diversipes (Cockerell), and sinensis sp.n. A neotype is suggested for K.acuminata, and a lectotype designated for K.diversipes. Inter- and...
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The malvastrum mealybugFerrisia malvastra (McDaniel) (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae) is widely distributed in Israel, recorded so far from 30 species of host plants belonging to 18 families. Its occurrence on herbal plants and on avocado should be considered by farmers in Israel.
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The Solanum mealybug,Phenacoccus solani Ferris (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae), is newly recorded from Israel, where it was found on the Coastal Plain and in the Arava Valley, on plants belonging to the families Amaryllidaceae, Compositae and Solanaceae.
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A new genus of soft scales,Kenima, is described forKenima galilit, a new species off oaks in Israel.
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A new species Ceroplastes reunionensis is described from Réunion, where it was found heavily infesting Mangifera indica, Persea americana and several ornamental plants. The closely related species, C. rubens Maskell is redescribed from topotypic material collected in Queensland, Australia. These two species differ from each other in the wax test co...
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It is a crop of economic importance, being cultivated in many tropical and subtropical countries. The major producers, according to regions are as follows: America (USA [California and Florida], Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and other countries of Central and South America, including the Caribbean Islands), Africa (South Africa, Zaire, Camer...
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The guava, Psidium guajava Linnaeus (Myrtaceae), is indigenous to tropical America, but is now widely distributed in the all the tropical and subtropical regions. It is a crop of economic importance in India, Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, West Indies, Egypt, and South Africa. The strawberry guava, cattleya guava, or cattley,...
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This chapter discusses the morphology, systematics, and phylogeny of soft scale insects family Coccidea. While scale insects are generally classified as the superfamily Coccoidea, other taxonomists of the group rank the latter as the suborder Coccinea. Within the Coccoidea, the Coccidae are assembled among the 18 families of the advanced coccoids....
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This chapter describes the zoogeographical considerations and status of knowledge of the family. The differing views on the phylogeny of the Coccoidea affect the interpretation of the zoogeography of the Coccidae. Thus, the particular species richness of the Coccidae in the tropics suggests that the main evolution of this family occurred there and...
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Only a few species of soft scale insects can be identified by studying their general live appearance, host plant or infestation site, while many cannot even be placed in a genus. Therefore, the majority of species have to be determined by microscopic study of carefully processed, slide-mounted specimens. This chapter discusses the collection and st...
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The mango, Mangifera indica Linnaeus (Anacardiaceae), originated from Asia (Indo-Burmese region). It is now widely grown in Asia, with India being the largest producer; other important growers are Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, and Israel. Mango is also widely distributed in Africa, where the largest producer is Egypt; othe...
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This chapter discusses the fruit Persimmon. The three significant species of the genus Diospyros (Ebenaceae) for fruit are D. virginiana Linnaeus, the American persimmon; D. lotus Linnaeus, the Chinese persimmon; D. kaki Linnaeus, the Japanese persimmon, oriental persimmon, or kaki; and D. kaki being commercially the most important species. The fol...
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This chapter discusses the soft scale insects that have been reported from 65 species of subtropical fruit trees that, on a worldwide basis, are of small or minor economic importance, although they might be of some significance in a few countries. This chapter presents the subtropical fruit trees, such as Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, Ceroplast...