Tectococcus ovatus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Tectococcus ovatus
Scientific classification
T. ovatus
Binomial name
Tectococcus ovatus
Hempel, 1900

Tectococcus ovatus (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae), also called the Brazilian Scale, is an scale insect in the Eriococcidae family.[1] It is most widely known for being a potential biological control agent for Psidium cattleyanum (strawberry guava) in Florida,[2] and Hawaii.[3] Extensive testing has shown that this species is very host-specific.[1][4]


  1. ^ Vitorino, Marcelo D.; Pedrosa-Macedo, José Henrique & Smith, Clifford W. (2000). "The biology of Tectococcus ovatus Hempel (Heteroptera: Eriococcidae) and its potential as a biocontrol agent of Psidium cattleianum (Myrtaceae)". In Spencer, Neal R. Proceedings of the X International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University.
  2. ^ Wessels, Frank J., James P. Cuda, M. Tracy Johnson and José Henrique Pedrosa-Macedo. 2007. Host specificity of Tectococcus ovatus (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae), a potential biological control agent of the invasive strawberry guava, Psidium cattleyanum (Myrtales: Myrtaceae), in Florida. BioControl. Volume 52, Number 4 / August, 2007.
  3. ^ "Strawberry Guava Biocontrol: Restoring natural balance to Hawaii's forests and watersheds with the help of a bug". Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project. 23 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Biocontrol of Strawberry Guava by its Natural Control Agent for Preservation of Native Forests in the Hawaiian Islands: draft environmental assessment" (PDF). State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources. June 2010. p. 27.