Body small, about 1.5 mm long, spherical, red or reddish brown, embedded or nested in white wax; often rubbed, exposing red color of body. Occurring on white tissues at base of fronds, occasionally on exposed roots and fronds.
This species was intercepted at U. S. ports-of-entry 19 times between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Egypt, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, and Tunisia. ScaleNet lists hosts primarily in Arecaceae (palms), but there is one record for Myrtaceae. It is most commonly intercepted on palms. According to ScaleNet records, P. marlatti originated in the Middle East and North Africa and has been transported on infested date palms, being now present in the Nearctic, Neotropical and Oriental zoogeographic regions. Phoenicococcus has only one valid species.