Five new records of soil scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha) for Indonesia




Oriental region, Sternorrhyncha, Neococcoidea


Information about soil scale insect (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha) diversity, although fragmented, had been progressively improved for Asia, especially in the southern countries such as Indonesia. Recent works recorded 365 species in the country, 21 of which in below ground habit. In this paper, we contribute to the knowledge of Indonesian scale insect diversity by analyzing specimens collected from rainforest, rubber and oil palm plantations in the Province of Jambi and Sumatra, Indonesia. The results include the new records of Rhizoecus americanus, Rhizoecus omphalius, Ripersiella bacorum, Ripersiella cryphia and Ripersiella sabahica (Rhizoecidae) with description of new intraspecific variations. Pseudococcus saccharicola (Pseudococcidae), Geococcus coffeae, and Rhizoecus pignerator (Rhizoecidae) were also collected in this study. With these species, the known Indonesian scale insect fauna increases to 370 species.

Author Biographies

Alejandro Caballero, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Museo entomológico UNAB, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Cra 45 #30, Bogotá, Colombia.

Anton Potapov, University of Göttingen

Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Diana Rueda-Ramírez, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ecology Group, Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Stefan Scheu, University of Göttingen

J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use, Büsgenweg 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany


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How to Cite

Caballero, A., Potapov, A. ., Rueda-Ramírez, D., & Scheu, S. (2022). Five new records of soil scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha) for Indonesia. SOIL ORGANISMS, 94(2), 85–98.