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False spider mites of the genus Dolichotetranychus (Acarina: Tenuipalpidae)


Edward W. Baker
A. Earl Pritchard

Authors Affiliations

Edward W. Baker was Acarologist, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Entomology Research Branch; A. Earl Pritchard was Associate Professor of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, and Associate Entomologist in the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 24(13):357-381. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v24n13p357. March 1956.

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The tiny, slender, bright-red false spider mites of the genus Dolichotetranychus Sayed are widely distributed over the world. Though so similar morphologically that some recent students have regarded specimens from various hosts as representing a single species, this study indicates that the genus contains at least ten distinct species, including four new ones and one new combination:

Dolichotetranychus carnea (Banks)

(Stigmaeodes cinctus Ewing)

Dolichotetranychus micidus, new species

Dolichotetranychus ancistrus, new species

Dolichotetranychus salinas Pritchard and Baker

Dolichotetranychus summersi Pritchard and Baker

Dolichotetranychus vandergooti (Oudemans)

Dolichotetranychus macer, new species

Dolichotetranychus floridanus (Banks)

Dolichotetranychus australianus (Womersley), new combination

Dolichotetranychus apaches, new species

The species are described and illustrated, and the distinctive characters are pointed out. Keys are given for distinguishing the males of all ten species and the females of all but two, which require the males for separation. The hosts of all but one species are monocotyledons, mostly grasses.

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Baker E, Pritchard A. 1956. False spider mites of the genus Dolichotetranychus (Acarina: Tenuipalpidae). Hilgardia 24(13):357-381. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v24n13p357
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