Pseudococcus landoi (Balachowsky)



Common name

Lando mealybug

Field characters

We have been unable to locate a description of the field characters for this species in the literature. Based on morphology of slide mounted female: Body oval; slightly rounded in lateral view; probably with 17 pairs of thin, lateral filaments; posterior pair longest; with ventral ovisac. On foliage and fruit of host.

Validation characters

Translucent pores on hind tibia only; usually without dorsal oral-rim tubular ducts; without oral-rim tubular duct near frontal cerarius; discoidal pores associated with eye, set in sclerotized rim; ventral oral-collar tubular ducts in clusters laterad of front and middle coxae, uncommon on head.


Pseudococcus landoi is an unusual member of the genus Pseudococcus by usually lacking dorsal oral-rim tubular ducts; by having translucent pores restricted to hind tibia; and by lacking oral-rim tubular duct near frontal cerarius.

U.S. quarantine notes

This species was intercepted 92 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. It is taken at U. S. ports-of-entry primarily on banana although it occasionally has been collected on a few other hosts. We also have examined quarantine specimens from Barbados (Strelitzia); Brazil (Phaseolus, Schinus); Colombia (Artocarpus); Costa Rica (Anthurium, Codiaeum, Dieffenbachia, Musa); Domincan Republic (Sechium); Guatemala (Coffea, Musa, Zingiber); Guyana (orchid); Honduras (Musa); Mexico (Alpinia, Musa, orchid); Panama (Musa); Peru (orchid). ScaleNet lists the species from more than 15 families of host plants. It is restricted to the Neotropical and Nearctic zoogeographic regions. Several species of Pseudococcus other than P. aurantiacus Williams, P. baliteus Lit, P. calceolariae (Maskell), P. comstocki (Kuwana), P. cryptus Hempel , P. dendrobiorum Williams, P. elisae Borchsenius, P. jackbeardsleyi Gimpel & Miller, P. landoi, P. longispinus (Targioni Tozzetti), P. lycopodii Beardsley, P. maritimus (Ehrhorn), P. microcirculus McKenzie, P. nakaharai Gimpel & Miller , P. odermatti Miller & Williams, P. philippinicus Williams, P. pithecellobii Gimpel & Miller, P. soleneydos Miller & Gimpel and P. viburni (Signoret) have been taken at U. S. ports-of-entry including: P. agavis MacGregor (Mexico, on Agave); P. apodemus Williams (The Philippines, on Fortunella and Mangifera); P. apomicrocirculus Gimpel and Miller (Mexico, on orchids); P. apoplanus Williams (India, on orchids); P. chenopodii Williams (Australia, on Brunia); P. concavocerarii James (Somalia, on Euphorbia); P. donrileyi Gimpel and Miller (Mexico, on Citrus; Puerto Rico, on Melicoccus); P. eucalypticus Williams (Australia, on Eucalyptus and Chamelaucium); P. gilbertensis Beardsley (Guam, on Dracaena; The Philippines, on Citrus); P. importatus McKenzie (Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, The Philippines, South Africa, Trinidad, and Venezuela, on orchids); P. neomaritimus Beardsley (Mexico, on Citrus, Psidium, and Punica); P. neomicrocirculus Gimpel and Miller (Costa Rica, Guatemala and Venezuela, on orchids); P. orchidicola Takahashi (Kwajalein, Marshall, Samoa, and Tonga, on Alocasia, Dendrobium and Pandanus); P. peregrinabundus Borchsenius (Ecuador, on Musa); P. saccharicola Takahashi (Vietnam, on Saccharum); P. sociabilis (Brazil, on Annona, Cattleya, Carica, Hedera, Hippeastrum, Dahlia, Oncidium, Solanum and Zygopetalum); and P. solomonensis Williams (Micronesia and Palau, on Musa and Piper).

Important references

GimpelMi1996, WilliaGr1992.

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  Pseudococcus landoi

Pseudococcus landoi

  Pseudococcus landoi   Illustration by William Gimpel

Pseudococcus landoi
Illustration by William Gimpel