Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Mealy Bugs

Compiler and date details

26 July 2002 - Coccoidea (excl. Diaspididae): W.W.K. Houston, Canberra, Australia (main source: ScaleNet data); Diaspididae: John Donaldson, Dept of Primary Industries, Indooroopily, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Kathy Tsang, ABRS, Canberra, Australia


The Pseudococcidae are known as the true mealy bugs, so called because many species secrete a thin covering of mealy wax over the body surface.

Numerically, the family is one of the largest of the Coccoidea and contains many injurious species world-wide. The described Australian fauna comprises 65 genera and 208 species and includes pest species, e.g. the cosmopolitan Pseudococcus longispinus, (Furness 1976), as well as introduced species.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
21-Nov-2012 21-Nov-2012 MODIFIED
29-Jun-2012 29-Jun-2012 MODIFIED
02-May-2011 MODIFIED