The coccid-tending ant genus Acropyga Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and its obligate associated myrmecophilous scale insect genus Eumyrmococcus Silvestri (Hemiptera: Xenococcidae) new to Italy


  • Antonio Scupola Museo di Storia Naturale di Verona
  • Antonio Durante Museo di Storia Naturale del Salento
  • Francesco Giannuzzi
  • Giuseppina Pellizzari Università degli studi di Padova



ants, Coccomorpha, first record, root mealybug, Italy, trophophoresy


The ant genus Acropyga Roger, 1862 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and its associated myrmecophilous scale insect genus Eumyrmococcus Silvestri, 1926 (Hemiptera: Xenococcidae) are reported from Italy for the first time. These records are based on some alates of Acropyga paleartica Menozzi, 1936 with females of Eumyrmococcus corinthiacus Williams, 1993 carried in their mandibles, collected in Salento area (Apulia region, South Eastern Italy) in 2020.


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Giuseppina Pellizzari, Università degli studi di Padova

Dipartimento DAFNAE - Agripolis


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How to Cite

Scupola, A., Durante, A., Giannuzzi, F., & Pellizzari, G. (2022). The coccid-tending ant genus Acropyga Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and its obligate associated myrmecophilous scale insect genus Eumyrmococcus Silvestri (Hemiptera: Xenococcidae) new to Italy . Fragmenta Entomologica, 54(1), 89–94.



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