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Subject: First report of the white mango scale in the United States
Date posted: February 01, 2002
Source: FL DPI, UFL Featured Creatures
In early January 2002, the white mango scale, Aulacaspis tubercularis, was found on mango trees at a nursery in Miami, FL. Surveys within a two block radius have not uncovered any additional infestations. This scale is widespread in mango producing areas of the world, including the Caribbean basin, but this report is the first from North America. The primary host is mango (Mangifera indica), but A. tubercularis is also common on cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and coconut (Cocos nucifera). Aulacaspis tubercularis is a significant pest of mango in South Africa, injuring leaves and fruits, affecting their commercial value and export potential.

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