Neotropical Entomology (2007) 36, 459-464

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Carlos R.F. de Oliveira, Lêda R.A. Faroni, Raul N.C. Guedes, José R. Gonçalves and Flávia M. Garcia (2007)
Biologia de Acarophenax lacunatus (Cross and Krantz) (Prostigmata: Acarophenacidae) sobre Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) e Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Cucujidae)
[Biology of Acarophenax lacunatus (Cross and Krantz) (Prostigmata: Acarophenacidae) on Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) and Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Cucujidae)]
Neotropical Entomology 36 (3), 459-464
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of six different temperatures on the development of Acarophenax lacunatus (Crossand Krantz) using eggs of Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) and Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens) as hosts. The temperature affected the development of A. lacunatus. The largest values for the progeny (19 mites in T. castaneum and 15 mites in C. ferrugineus) were obtained at about 30ºC, as also observed for the net reproductive rate (Ro), which revealed that the A. lacunatus population increased 18 times in T. castaneum and 14 times in C. ferrugineus in a generation. The intrinsic rate of increase (rm) gradually increased with temperature, reaching the maximum value at 35ºC in T. castaneum (1,608) and C. ferrugineus (1,289). The generation time was negatively correlated with temperature, ranging from 1,60 to 4,85 days in T. castaneum and from 1,96 to 5,34 days in C. ferrugineus. These results suggest that the mite A. lacunatus may be used in programs of biological control of T. castaneum and C. ferrugineus in the tropics.
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(original language: Portuguese)
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Database assignments for author(s): Raul Narciso C. Guedes

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution
environment/habitat manipulation

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Tribolium castaneum
Cryptolestes ferrugineus
Acarophenax lacunatus (predator) Tribolium castaneum
Acarophenax lacunatus (predator) Cryptolestes ferrugineus