Body round; somewhat flat dorsoventally; body red to brown-orange; covered by thick white or yellow-orange wax, without bare areas on dorsum; dorsalovisac absent; with 10 to 12 pairs of broad lateral wax filaments, posterior pairs longest and thiner; anterior pairs broad and conical, longest filament about one-fourth as long as body. Primarily occurring on foliage of host. Apparently ovoviviparous. Dorsum with 5 to 8 waxy filaments similar in shape and size to those on lateral areas of thorax and head. Specimens turning black in 70% alcohol.
This species was intercepted 130 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from American Samoa, Azores, The British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Hawaii, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and The U.S. Virgin Islands. It is polyphagous and occurs in most areas of the world; therefore, we have not recorded older quarantine records. ScaleNet lists the species from more than 35 families of host plants, and distribution records include all zoogeographical regions but the Afrotropical region. Several species of Nipeaecoccus other than N. annonae Williams & Granara de Willink, N. jonmartini Williams & Granara de Willink, N. nipae and N. viridis (Newstead) have been taken at U. S. ports-of-entry including: N. ericicola (Maskell) (Australia, on Callistemon); N. filamentosus (Cockerell) (Puerto Rico, on Bucida); N. filicis Williams & Granara De Willink (Mexico, on unidentified plant); and N. gilli Williams and Granara de Willink (Costa Rica, on Areca; Mexico, on Dieffenbachia).