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Morphological and molecular studies of a new species of the root mealybug genus RipersiellaTinsley (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Rhizoecidae) from greenhouses in The Netherlands and a first incursion of the American root mealybug Rhizoecus keysensisHambleton in Europe

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Ripersiella emaraiis described from Ficus cyathistipulaWarburg, Ficus lyrataWarburg and Dieffenbachiasp. from Dutch greenhouses. The immature stages are described based on microscopic features and a key to the stages is provided for their separation. This species description is actuated by the necessity to distinguish the new species from the root mealybug Ripersiella hibisci(Kawai & Takagi), which is occasionally imported and shares host plants with the new species. An identification key to adults of the Dutch greenhouse species and species intercepted during import inspections based on microscopic morphological characters is given. A key to distinguish the nymphal stages is provided and keys are given to the identification of first, second and third instar nymphs of Ripersiella multiporiferaJansen, R. hibisci(Kawai & Takagi) and R. emaraiJansen. Rhizoecus advenoidesTakagi & Kawai, 1971 is found to be a junior synonym of Rh. amorphophalliBetrem, 1940.


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