Crypticerya multicicatrices (Kondo & Unruh)
Significance: A new polyphagous scale species, Crypticerya multicicatrices, has been described from Colombia. Collected from the leaves and twigs of its hosts, it has also been collected from a soursop that was infested on all twigs and some leaves and had stunted growth. As a newly described species, the impact of Crypticerya multicicatrices in Colombia is not yet known. Other Crypticerya species are well-documented as pest species in the Neotropics, affecting citrus in Ecuador; Codiaeumsp., Rosa sp., Ficus sp., and other unidentified plants in Brazil; and alfalfa, grapevine, and unidentified ornamentals in Chile. Some of the host plants of Crypticerya multicicatrices include economically important fruit trees such as mango and soursop. Crypticerya multicicatrices is morphologically very similar to C. brasiliensis, C. montserratensis, and C. zeteki. Crypticerya multicicatrices was misidentified as C. brasiliensis in Colombia in 2001, and there are no other records that C. brasiliensisoccurs in Colombia. It is suspected that some records of C. montserratensis and C. zeteki in Colombia are also misidentifications of C. multicicatrices.
Hosts: Anacardiaceae: Mangifera indica (mango); Annonaceae: Annona muricata (soursop); Arecaceae: palms; Berberidaceae: Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo); Clusiaceae: Rheedia madruno; Fabaceae: Caesalpinia peltophoroides, Calliandra sp., Cassia fistula (Indian laburnum), Delonix regia (gold mohar), Pithecellobium dulce (manila tamarind); Moraceae: Ficus sp. (fig)
Kondo, T., and C. M. Unruh. 2009. A New Species of Crypticerya Cockerell (Hemiptera: Monophlebidae) from Colombia, with a Key to Species of the Tribe Iceryini Found in South America. Neotropical Entomology 38(1): 92-100.