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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Paraneoptera
Superordo: Condylognatha
Ordo: Hemiptera
Subordo: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamilia: Coccoidea

Familia: Conchaspididae
Genera (4): Asceloconchaspis – Conchaspis – Fagisuga – Paraconchaspis


Conchaspididae is a small family of scale insects known as false armoured scales because of their resemblance to Diaspididae (but not incorporating exuviae on their body).[2]


Members of the family Conchaspididae secrete a waxy scale, in common with other scale insects, but the secreted scale does not include the exuviae.[3]

Five of the 30 species are parasites on palms, but none are considered pests.[4] Conchaspis cordiae infests mahogany trees and has been accidentally introduced to Florida from the Caribbean, but does not appear to cause serious damage.[2]
Taxonomic history

Carl Linnaeus described a single member of the family, now called Conchaspis capensis, in his Centuria Insectorum, but no further species were described until the 1890s.[5] Eleven of the 29 species currently recognised were insects from Madagascar, described by Raymond Mamet. This probably reflects the sampling effort rather than a particular diversity of conchaspidid scale insects on Madagascar.[5]

Conchaspididae was first recognised as a subfamily of the family Coccidae, but it was raised to the rank of family by Gordon Floyd Ferris in 1937.[5]

D. J. Williams (1992). "A new genus and species of Conchaspididae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) from Florida, remarkable in lacking legs". Journal of Natural History. 26 (6): 1325–1331. doi:10.1080/00222939200770751.
John L. Capinera, ed. (2008). "West Indies Mahogany Scale, Conchaspis cordiae Mamet (Hemiptera, Conchaspididae)". Encyclopedia of Entomology, Volume 1. Gale virtual reference library (2nd ed.). Springer. pp. 2265–2266. ISBN 978-1-4020-6242-1.
Gordon Floyd Ferris (1955). "Conchaspididae". Atlas of the Scale Insects of North America, Volume VII. Stanford University Press. pp. 66–68. ISBN 978-0-8047-1667-3.
F. W. Howard; D. Moore; R. M. Giblin-Davis; R. G. Abad (2001). "Conchaspididae". Insects on palms. CABI Publishing Series. CAB International. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-85199-326-3.
Yair Ben-Dov (2006). "Conchaspididae". A systematic catalogue of eight scale insect families (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the world: Aclerdidae, Asterolecaniidae, Beesoniidae, Carayonemidae, Conchaspididae, Dactylopiidae, Kerriidae and Lecanodiaspididae. Elsevier. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-444-52836-0.

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