Matsucoccus feytaudi Ducasse



Common name

Maritime pine bast scale

Field characters

Body elongate, grayish black. Forming a white ovisac, produced from tip of abdomen. Occurring in bark crevices on the trunk of the host. Males are present. Eggs laid within ovisac.

Validation characters

Apical cluster of multilocular pores, composed of 80 to more than 100 pores; dorsal cicatrices restricted to dorsum, in 4 segmental rows, with more than 160 on body; hind pair of trochanters each with 1 long seta; enlarged setae on antennal segments 5 to 9. Other characters: 7 pairs of abdominal spiracles, similar to thoracic spiracles; without distinct anal opening; tarsi 2-segmented; antennae with reticulate pattern; basal antennal segment noticeably longer than other segments; with 9 antennal segments; coxa divided longitudinally; without campaniform sensilla on tarsus; with 2 capitate claw digitules.


Matsucoccus feytaudi is similar to M. josephi Bodenheimer & Harpaz by having numerous multilocular pores and dorsal cicatrices and 2 enlarged setae on antennal segments 5 to 9. Matsucoccus feytaudi differs by having 4 segmental rows of cicatrices (5 in M. josephi) and 160 or more cicatrices (less in M. josephi).

U.S. quarantine notes

This species has never been taken in quarantine, but because it is a serious pest in Europe and has been expanding its distribution, we decided to include it. ScaleNet records the species from Pinus maritima and P. pinaster from the Palaearctic region. No other species of Matsucoccus other than M. matsumurae (Kuwana) have been taken in quarantine at U.S. ports-of-entry.

Important references

BenDov1981; Boraty1952; BrancoBrJa2002; Ducass1941; Foldi2005; Riom1994.

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  Matsucoccus feytaudi   Illustration by Foldi

Matsucoccus feytaudi
Illustration by Foldi

  Matsucoccus feytaudi

Matsucoccus feytaudi