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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Superfamily: Coccoidea
Family: Micrococcidae
Silvestri, 1939

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Micrococcidae is a family of scale insects commonly known as the Mediterranean scales. There are two genera and eight species.[1] Members of this family are found in Cyprus, Italy [2] and other Mediterranean countries including Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Turkey.[3]


Members of this family feed on monocotyledonous hosts as do members of the Aclerdidae which is believed to be a sister clade. The Asterolecanoid taxa form a well-defined group of families which also includes the Asterolecaniidae, Cerococcidae, Lecanodiaspididae and Pollinia pollini. The placement of the latter is problematic as it seems to be the sister group to the rest of the Asterolecanoid taxa.[3]


Adult females are broadly oval with six legs and a pair of antennae. They can be distinguished from members of other scale families by the fact that the vulvae are found on abdominal segment VI rather than on segment VIII. There are usually four female and five male instars.[3]



  1. ^ D. R. Miller, M. E. Gimpel & Alessandra Rung (2005). A systematic catalogue of the Cerococcidae, Halimococcidae, Kermesidae, Micrococcidae, Ortheziidae, Phenacoleachiidae, Phoenicococcidae, and Stictococcidae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the World. Intercept Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84585-001-2. 
  2. ^ Global Biodiversity Information Facility[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Douglass R. Miller & Douglas J. Williams (1993). "Systematic revision of the Family Micrococcidae (Homoptera: Coccoidea), with a discussion of its relationships, and a description of a gynandromorph" (PDF). Bollettino del Laboratorio di Entomologia Agraria Filippo Silvestri. 50: 199–247. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21.