Matsucoccus josephi Bodenheimer & Harpaz



Common name

Israel pine matsucoccus

Field characters

Body oval, brown. Forming a white ovisac that covers the body of the female. Males are present. Eggs laid within ovisac.

Validation characters

Apical cluster of multilocular pores, composed of 50 pores; dorsal cicatrices restricted to dorsum, in 5 segmental rows, with 40 to more than 160 on body; trochanter with 1 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 josephi is similar to M. feytaudi by having numerous multilocular pores and dorsal cicatrices and 2 enlarged setae on antennal segments 5 to 9. Matsucoccus josephi differs by having 5 segmental rows of cicatrices (4 in M feytaudi) and 160 or less cicatrices (more in M. feytaudi).

U.S. quarantine notes

This species has never been taken in quarantine, but because it is a serious pest in Israel and has been expanding its distribution, we decided to include it. ScaleNet records the species from Pinus brutia and P. halepensis 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; BodenhNe1955; Foldi2005; Mendel1998.

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  Matsucoccus josephi   Illustration by Ben-Dov

Matsucoccus josephi
Illustration by Ben-Dov

  Matsucoccus josephi

Matsucoccus josephi