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Coccus viridis.jpg
Green scale, Coccus viridis.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Sternorrhyncha
Superfamily: Coccoidea
Family: Coccidae
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The Coccidae are a family of scale insects belonging to the superfamily Coccoidea. They are commonly known as soft scales, wax scales or tortoise scales. The females are flat with elongated oval bodies and a smooth integument which may be covered with wax. In some genera they possess legs but in others, they do not, and the antennae may be shortened or missing. The males may be alate or apterous.[1]

Sub family[edit]

Genera in that Sub family:


Commonly attacked by the fungus Hypocrella.


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  1. ^ General and Applied Entomology: Hemiptera
  2. ^ KONDO, TAKUMASA; Prof. WILLIAMS M.L. (2001). "The Myzolecaniinae (Hemiptera: Coccidae): Old World vs. New World" (PDF). Bollettino di Zoologia agraria e di Bachicoltura. II 33 (3): 125–128. 

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