Pseudococcus markharveyi Gullan, 2013

Banksia montana mealybug



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pseudococcus sp. 15 (Moir et al., 2012)


Conservation Status


Last record: November 2019 (Moir, 2021)


Two attempted translocations to save the species failed (Moir, 2021).



Stirling Range National Park (Bluff Knoll and Pyungorup Peak), Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gullan, Penny J., Moir, Melinda L. and Leng, M. C. (2013). A new species of mealybug (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) from critically endangered Banksia montana in Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 28(1): 13-20.


Other references:

Marsh, Jess R., Bal, Payal, Fraser, Hannah, Greenville, Aaron, Latty, Tanya, Moir, Melinda L., Rumpff, Libby, Umbers, Kate and Woinarski, John C. Z. (2023). Impacts of the 2019–20 wildfires on Australian invertebrates, pp. 141-153. In: Rumpff, Libby, Legge, Sarah M., van Leeuwen, Stephen, Wintle, Brendan A. and Woinarski, John C. Z. (eds.). Australia's Megafires: Biodiversity Impacts and Lessons from 2019-2020. Clayton South, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing.

Moir, Melinda L. (2021). Coextinction of Pseudococcus markharveyi (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae): a case study in the modern insect extinction crisis. Austral Entomology 60(1): 89-97.

Moir, Melinda L. and Leng, M. C. (2013). Developing management strategies to combat increased coextinction rates of plant-dwelling insects through global climate change. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, QLD. 104 pp.

Moir, Melinda L. and Leng, M. C. (2015). Pseudococcus markharveyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T68974289A68974294. Accessed on 06 August 2022.

Moir, Melinda L., Vesk, P. A., Brennan, K. E. C. et al. (2012). A preliminary assessment of changes in plant-dwelling insects when threatened plants are translocated. Journal of Insect Conservation 16: 367-377.


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