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A total of 11 results were found at 10:48 on 22nd June 2024 when searching for Ceroplastes.


  • Ceroplastes actiniformis Green, 1896 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonym: Ceroplastes actiniformes Moharana, 1990. Common name: Soft scale.
  • Ceroplastes brevicauda Hall, 1931 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes brevicauda De Lotto, 1955, Ceroplastes luteolus De Lotto, 1955, Gascardia brevicauda De Lotto, 1965.
  • Ceroplastes ceriferus (Fabricius, 1798) 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes australiae Walker, 1852, Ceroplastes cerifera Gill, 1988, Ceroplastes vayssierei Mahdihassan, 1933, Coccus (Ceroplastes) chilensis Gray, 1828, Coccus ceriferus Fabricius, 1798, Lacca alba Signoret, 1869. Common names: Indian white wax scale, Afrrican white wax scale.
  • Ceroplastes cirripediformis Comstock, 1881 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes breviseta Leonardi,1911, Ceroplastes cerripidiformis Houser, 1918, Ceroplastes euphorbiae Cockerell, 1893, Ceroplastes mexicanus Cockerell, 1896, Ceroplastes plumbaginis Cockerell,1893. Common names: barnacle wax scale, Barnacle scale.
  • Ceroplastes destructor Newstead, 1917 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes postperlucidus Qin & Gullan, 1999, Gascardia postperlucidus Qin & Gullan, 1995, Gascardia postperlucidus Qin et al., 1994. Common names: white waxy scale, White wax scale, Soft wax scalet.
  • Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, 1881 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes floridensis Bodenheimer, 1953, Ceroplastes vinsoni Ben-Dov, 1993, Ceroplastes vinsonii Signoret, 1872, Cerostegia floridensis De Lotto, 1969, Paracerostegia floridensis Tang, 1991. Common name: Florida wax scale.
  • Ceroplastes japonicus Green, 1921 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Ceroplastes japonicus Ben-Dov, 1993, Ceroplastes japonicus Borchsenius, 1949, Cerostegia japonica De Lotto, 1969, Paracerostegia japonica Tang, 1991. Common name: Tortoise wax scale.
  • Ceroplastes pseudoceriferus Green, 1935 
    Family: Coccidae

    Common name: Green scale.
  • Ceroplastes rubens Maskell, 1893 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonym: Ceroplastes rubens minor Maskell, 1897. Common name: Pink wax scale.
  • Ceroplastes rusci (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Coccidae

    Synonyms: Calypticus radiatus Costa, 1829, Calypticus testudineus Costa, 1829, Ceroplastes denudatus Cockerell, 1893, Ceroplastes nerii Newstead, 1897, Ceroplastes tenuitectus Green, 1907, Coccus artemisiae Rossi, 1794, Coccus caricae Fabricius, 1794,.... Common name: Fig tree scale.
  • Ceroplastes sinensis del Guercio, 1900 
    Family: Coccidae

    Common name: Chinese wax scale.

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