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Species Cryptognatha nodiceps - Coconut Scale Predator

Cryptognatha nodiceps Marshall - Cryptognatha nodiceps
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Scymninae
Genus Cryptognatha
Species nodiceps (Coconut Scale Predator)
Other Common Names
Sugarcane Scale Predator
Explanation of Names
Author: Marshall, 1912
1 introduced species in North America
1.2-1.66 mm long, 0.90 to 1.35 mm wide
Established in southern Florida; introduced from Trinidad in the 1930s (for biocontrol of Aspidiotus destructor, the Coconut Scale)(1)
Scale insects, especially coconut scale and sugarcane scale
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.