Acarologia (2004) 44, 49-65

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A. Nucifora and V. Vacante (2004)
Citrus mites in Italy. VII. The family Tarsonemidae. Species collected and notes on ecology
Acarologia 44 (1-2), 49-65
Abstract: The study deals with the complex of species belonging to the family Tarsonemidae Canestrini and Fanzago, collected in various periods on the most important Citrus species in the principal Citrus growing areas in Italy. The morphology of each species was studied, and each species was classified in agreement with the systematic view expressed by LINDQUIST (1986). The study involved the collection of twelve species, eleven of which belong to the subfamily Tarsoneminae and to the tribe Tarsonemini. Of the collected Tarsonemini, nine species were assigned to the genus Tarsonemus Canestrini and Fanzago 1876 and to the subgenus Tarsonemus Canestrini and Fanzago (T. smithi Ewing, T. aurantii Oudemans, T. confusus Ewing, T. parawaitei Kim, Qin and Lindquist, T. waitei Banks, T. floricolus Canestrini and Fanzago, T. idaeus Suski, T. bilobatus Suski and T. lobosus Suski), one to the genus Daidalotarsonemus De Leon 1956 (D. vandevriei Suski), and one to the genus Fungitarsonemus Cromroy 1958 (F. monasterii (Lombardini)). The only Pseudotarsonemoidine was assigned to genus Polyphagotarsonemus Beer and Nucifora 1965 (P. latus (Banks)). The given list of Tarsonemini does not include T. bakeri Ewing 1939 and T. unguis Ewing 1939, previously mentioned by the authors in relation to Citrus in Italy (VACANTE and NUCIFORA, 1985), on account of the fact that the authors have subsequently verified that the specimens identified as T. bakeri belong to the species T. waitei and the ones identified as T. unguis are T. floricolus. Instead, the authors report four new records (T. floricolus, T. idaeus, T. bilobatus and T. lobosus) on citrus in Italy.
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Polyphagotarsonemus latus Citrus (genus) Italy
Tarsonemus waitei Citrus (genus) Italy