Asterolecanium coffeae

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Coccoidea
Family: Asterolecaniidae
Genus: Asterolecanium
Species: A. coffeae
Binomial name
Asterolecanium coffeae
Newstead, 1911[1]

Asterolecanium coffeae or yellow fringed scale is a pit scale insect pest on coffee plants, especially Coffea arabica, throughout tropical Africa, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.[2] In addition to coffee plants it feeds on jacaranda and Photinia japonica.[3]


  1. ^ Newstead, R. (1911). "On a collection of Coccidae and Aleurodidae, chiefly African, in the collection of the Berlin Zoological Museum". Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Berlin. 5: 155–174. doi:10.1002/mmnz.4830050201. 
  2. ^ Ben-Dov, Yair (2006). "Asterolecaniidae, Pit Scales". A Systematic Catalogue of Eight Scale Insect Families (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the World: Aclerdidae, Asterolecaniidae, Beesoniidae, Carayonemidae, Conchaspididae, Dactylopiidae, Kerriidae and Lecanodiaspididae. Amsterdam: Elsevier. pp. 33–162, pages 51 and 52. ISBN 978-0-444-52836-0. 
  3. ^ James, H. C. (1933). "The biology and control of Asterolecanium coffeae, Newst., the fringed scale of coffee, in Kenya Colony". Bulletin of Entomological Research. 24 (3): 421–427. doi:10.1017/s0007485300031746.