240 Works

Two new species of feather mites of the subfamily Pterodectinae (Analgoidea: Proctophyllodidae) from Indonesia

Ioana Cristina Constantinescu, Gabriel Bogdan Chişamera, Angela Petrescu & Costică Adam
Two new pterodectine feather mite species collected in Indonesia (Kalimantan) are described: Montesauria indonesiana sp. n. from the Asian glossy starling Aplonis panayensis (Scopoli, 1786) (Passeriformes, Sturnidae), and Proterothrix murariui sp. n. from the White-rumped woodpecker Meiglyptes tristis (Horsfield, 1821) (Piciformes, Picidae). Males of M. indonesiana have adanal and opisthoventral circular shields, surrounding the base of setae g and ps3, respectively, and females have the anterior and lobar parts of hysteronotal shields well delimited from...

Diversity and abundance of Phytoseiidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) on horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) in an urban environment: a comparison between Greece and the Czech Republic

Michal Kopačka, Theodoros I. Stathakis, Georgios Broufas, Georgios Th. Papadoulis & Rostislav Zemek
Horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum L. (Sapindaceae), is a large deciduous tree native to a small area in the Pindus Mountain mixed forests and the Balkan mixed forests of Southeast Europe. It was introduced to most countries in Europe mainly for ornamental purposes. The aim of the present study was to assess the occurrence, species composition and population densities of phytoseiid mites on A. hippocastanum in countries where this tree species is autochthonous and to compare...

A new species of Olopachys Berlese (Acari: Pachylaelapidae) from Iran with a key to the world species

Samaneh Mojahed, Jalil Hajizadeh, Reza Hosseini & Ali Ahadiyat
A new species, Olopachys iraniensis n. sp. (Mesostigmata: Pachylaelapidae) is described based on adult females collected from soil in Guilan Province, northern Iran. Two identification keys are provided, one for all known species of Olopachys, and the other for species recorded from Iran. A brief review on pachylaelapid mites of Iran is also provided.

On the taxonomic status of the water mite genus Spongibates Wainstein, 1978 (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Hygrobatidae)

Petr V. Tuzovskij & Harry Smit
The identity of the water mite genus Spongibates Wainstein, 1978 has been examined. After examination of the holotype, we conclude that Wainstein described an aberrant Hygrobates species, very likely H. nigromaculatus. Therefore, Spongibates should be considered a junior synonym of Hygrobates.

Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) of the genus Haemaphysalis Koch, 1844 in Senegal: a review of host associations, chorology, and identification

Massamba Sylla, Mady Ndiaye, Marc Souris & Jean-Paul Gonzalez
The Haemaphysalis genus (Acari, Ixodidae) in Senegal is reviewed. This embodies a summary of specimens collected from vertebrate hosts over three decades. 454 collections were performed over this period (408 from mammals and 46 from birds), representing a total of 5752 ticks in different developmental stages. Seven Haemaphysalis spp. were collected, identified, and inventoried including: H. (Kaiseriana) rugosa, H. (Ornithophysalis) hoodi, H. (Rhipistoma) houyi, as well as four other species belonging to the leachi group,...

The occurrence of three tick-borne pathogens in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected from the area of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Southern Poland)

Marek Asman, Krzysztof Solarz, Ewa Szilman, Piotr Szilman, Bartosz Sikora & Justyna Jakubas-Zawalska
The common tick Ixodes ricinus is the main vector of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti in Europe. The aim of this study was to estimate the potential risk of exposure to common tick-borne diseases in the recreational areas of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, Poland with particular emphasis on the city of Częstochowa. The DNA from 459 I. ricinus ticks was used to detect B. burgdorferi s. l., A. phagocytophilum and B. microti...

Contribution to systematics of the genus Eustigmaeus (Acari: Stigmaeidae) of Russia

Alexander A. Khaustov
Two new species of Eustigmaeus: E. bochkovi n. sp., collected from rotten log in Khabarovsky Kray, and E. grandis n. sp., collected from soil in Primorsky Kray, are described from Russia. The genus Paravillersia Kuznetsov, 1978 is considered as a junior synonym of Eustigmaeus Berlese, 1910; Paravillersia grata Kuznetsov, 1978 is considered as a junior synonym of Eustigmaeus ottavii (Berlese, 1910), E. ioanninensis Kapaxidi and Papadoulis, 1999 is considered as a junior synonym of E....

A new species of the genus Paralycus from Fujian, China

Yun Xu, Yu-Zhen Zhu, Jie-Qin Wu & Fei-Ping Zhang
A new oribatid mite species of the family Pediculochelidae, Paralycus nortoni sp. nov., is described and illustrated based on adult specimens collected from barks of dead Pinus massoniana Lamb. infested by Monochamus alternatus in Fuzhou city, China. This new species described here is the fourth species of the genus Paralycus in China. An updated key to the species of the genus Paralycus is provided.

A new species and new record of Agistemus Summers (Acari: Stigmaeidae) associated with Capsicum annuum L. var. glabriusculum (Solanaceae) from Northeastern of Mexico

José Irving Monjarás-Barrera, Guilherme Liberato Da Silva, Julio Cesar Chacón-Hernández, Onilda Santos Da Silva, Noeli Juarez Ferla & Liana Johann
Two mite species belonging to the genus Agistemus Summers (Acari: Stigmaeidae) were collected from wild plants known as “chile piquín” (Capsicum anuumm L. var. glabriusculum) in two protected naturals areas, state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Agistemus piquinnus Monjarás-Barrera and Johann n. sp. is described and illustrated. Agistemus brasiliensis Matioli, Ueckermann and Oliveira, 2002 is a new record for Mexico. A key to the Agistemus species of Mexico is provided.

New water mites of Torrenticolidae (Acari, Hydrachnidia) from Jiangxi Province, P. R. China

Xinyao Gu, Daochao Jin & Jianjun Guo
Three torrenticolid species new to science, i.e. Monatractides trilaminatus sp. nov., Torrenticola lushanensis sp. nov., and T. planusirostrum sp. nov. are described from Jiangxi Province, P. R. China. M. trilaminatus sp. nov. can be distinguished by the shoulder and frontal platelets fused together and formed into a pair of platelets; infracapitular bay U-shaped, extremely deep and narrow; the tip of coxae I with a small rectangle extension. T. lushanensis sp. nov. can be distinguished by...

The first report on the oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in tundra of the Chunatundra Mountains on the Kola Peninsula, Russia

Vladislav D. Leonov
The aim of this research was to obtain initial data on the fauna and abundance of the oribatid mites from the main types of the mountain tundra habitats of the Chunatundra Mountains. Four plots, including two lichen tundra plots, one dwarf shrub tundra plot and one sphagnum bog in the belt of mountain tundra were investigated. Multidimensional scaling and discriminant function analysis were used to identify trends in the fauna and abundance of oribatid species...

Supplementary description of Digamasellus punctum (Berlese) (Mesostigmata, Digamasellidae), and a key to the world species of Digamasellus Berlese

Leila Hosseini, Mostafa Maroufpoor & Shahrooz Kazemi
Herein, the genus Digamasellus Berlese, 1905 is reported for the first time from Iran on the basis of a newly collected specimen of D. punctum (Berlese, 1904) from cow manure in Kermanshah Province, Western Iran. A complementary description of adult female of the species is presented based on a single collected specimen to present additional information about the species. Also, a key to the world species of the genus is presented.

An amazing sub-cambium flat mite from South Africa (Acari: Trombidiformes: Tenuipalpidae)

Edward A. Ueckermann, Ronald Ochoa, Gary R. Bauchan & Stefan Neser
An unusual sub-cambium flat mite, Phytoptipalpus occultuae sp. n., first found under the bark in blisters on stems of Senegalia caffra in Pretoria, South Africa is described and illustrated herein. This is a unique species in the genus Phytoptipalpus because of the presence of reduced legs IV, a possible link between those with 4 pairs and 3 pairs of legs. A key to all of the Phytoptipalpus species is given.

Feather mites (Acari: Astigmata) of the Zoobotanical State Park in Teresina, Brazil

Maria Marta Lima Alves Moro, Eric Carvalho Waquim, Luanna Soares de Melo Evangelista & Fabio Akashi Hernandes
Feather mites are the most diverse avian ectoparasites. They mainly live on the plumage of birds, feeding on uropygial oil, and may occasionally cause skin irritation, especially on caged birds. Here we report the results of a survey of feather mites on wild birds of the Zoobotanical State Park of Teresina, Piauí, Brazil. The following mites were collected from seven bird specimens kept in the park from January to July 2017: Pandionacarus fuscus (Nitzsch, 1818)...

Effects of temperature on a Chinese population of Amblyseius andersoni (Acari: Phytoseiidae) fed with Tetranychus urticae

Yu-Jing Li, Qing-Yan Liu, Jing Chang, Yong-Hong Jia & Rui-Xia Meng
The development and fecundity of Amblyseius andersoni (Chant) fed with Tetranychus urticae Koch was studied at five different temperatures (17, 20, 25, 30 and 35 °C) and life parameters of the population were calculated. The development, reproduction, longevity, and life table parameters of A. andersoni were significantly affected by the different temperatures. The duration of the egg, larval, protonymph, deutonymph and total immature stages were reduced when the temperature increased. The total oviposition of A....

Evaluation of prey stage preference of the predatory mite Neoseiulus longispinosus (Evans) on the spider mite pest Tetranychus neocaledonicus (André) (Acari: Phytoseiidae, Tetranychidae)

Devasia Jyothis & Neravathu Ramani
Tetranychus neocaledonicus, the commonly called vegetable spider mite is a highly polyphagous pest, infesting over 500 species of economic plants. The species has been categorized as a major pest, inducing considerable feeding damage on vegetables, fruit crops, medicinal plants, ornamentals, plantation crops etc. The present study was concentrated to assess the predatory potential of a phytoseiid predator, Neoseiulus longispinosus on the different life stages (egg, larva, nymphs and adults) of T. neocaledonicus under laboratory conditions....

Mite fauna of a coffee agroecosystem (Coffea arabicaL.) in the municipality of Monte Alegre do Sul, São Paulo State, Brazil. Part I.

Luiz Henrique Chorfi Berton, Jeferson Luiz de Carvalho Mineiro, Mário Eidi Sato, Joaquim Adelino de Azevedo Filho & Adalton Raga

Phytoseiidae of La Réunion Island (Acari: Mesostigmata): three new species and two males described, new synonymies, and new records

Serge Kreiter, Rose-My Payet, Martial Douin, Olivier Fontaine, Jacques Fillâtre & Fabrice Le Bellec
The Indian Ocean includes several Islands and Archipelagos and a survey of the fauna of Phytoseiidae was realized recently in these poorly known territories, despite La Réunion Island is located in an area being a hotspot of biodiversity. The Phytoseiidae fauna of La Réunion Island has been poorly investigated so far with only 33-recorded species including 24 Amblyseiinae, 5 Phytoseiinae and 4 Typhlodrominae, among which 8 species that had been described as new. All data...

Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Pilobatella (Acari, Oribatida, Haplozetidae)

Sergey G. Ermilov & Josef Starý
The genus Pilobatella (Oribatida, Haplozetidae) comprises 10 species, which are distributed in the Palaeotropical region; this includes two new species described herein on the basis of adult specimens sampled from forest leaf litter in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park of eastern Madagascar. Pilobatella mikoi n. sp. is similar to Pilobatella baloghi Mahunka, 2003 in having long interlamellar setae and adanal setae ad1 and ad2, but differs by having monodactylous legs (versus tridactylous) and a bothridial seta that...

Distribution and biological features of Typhlodromus (Anthoseius) recki (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on Tetranychus urticae, T. evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae) and Aculops lycopersici (Acari: Eriophyidae)

Marie Stephane Tixier, Martial Douin, Oliva Rocio, Lucia Gonzalez, Benjamin Pount & Serge Kreiter
The mite family Phytoseiidae contains predatory species used in biological control. However, among the 2,521 valid species, only a few are presently considered for pest management. The study focuses on a species, frequently observed in agrosystems, but whose biology is almost totally unknown: Typhlodromus (Anthoseius) recki. The objectives were to assess its distribution and to determine under laboratory conditions: (i) the development of three populations fed on three tomato pests (Tetranychus urticae, T. evansi, Aculops...

Phytoseiid mites of Mayotte Island (Acari: Mesostigmata)

Serge Kreiter, Reham I.A. Abo-Shnaf & Rose-My Payet
Mayotte is one of the four main islands constituting Comoros Archipelago, with Anjouan, Mohéli and Grande Comore. Among them, it is the closest island to Madagascar. So far, only one species of the mite family Phytoseiidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) had been reported from this island in an early study. In addition, only five species were recently collected from Grande Comore. In this paper, we report the results of a survey conducted at the end of 2018...

Phytoseiid mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) of Mohéli Island (Comoros Archipelago)

Serge Kreiter, Rose-My Payet & Hamza Abdou Azali
Mohéli is one of the four main islands constituting Comoros Archipelago, with Mayotte, Anjouan and Grande Comore Islands. It is the third Island closer from Madagascar after Mayotte and Anjouan. So far, no species of the mite family Phytoseiidae had been reported from this island. We report in this paper the results of a survey conducted at the end of 2018 in Mohéli Island, in which 18 species have been recorded.

Mite species (Acari) on blackberry cultivars in organic and conventional farms in Florida and Georgia, USA

Rana Akyazı, Cal Welbourn & Oscar E. Liburd
This study was carried out to determine mite species on blackberry plants (Rubus spp. (Rosaceae)) in Florida and Georgia, USA, and differences in mite species between organic and conventional blackberry plantings in the area sampled. Surveys were conducted in organic and conventional commercial blackberry plantings from June to October 2016. Leaf samples were collected monthly from nine different blackberry cultivars including ‘Arapaho’, ‘Choctaw’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Kiowa’, ‘Natchez’, ‘Navaho’, ‘Osage’, ‘Ouachita’, and Von. Approximately 20 leaves per...

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