Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 1, 2006
Publication Date: February 1, 2006
Citation: Mesa, N., De Moraes, G.J., Ochoa, R. 2006. Two new species of Tenuipalpus (Acari: Tenuipalpidae)from southeastern Brazil. Zootaxa. 1138:45-51.
Interpretive Summary: Mite pests cause billions of dollars in damage to U.S. agriculture each year. Flat mites feed on many ornamental plants, fruit trees and crops and cause significant damage. Unfortunately, many species are undescribed including several pest species. This study includes description of two new species collected from trees in Brazil. Biological data and identification characters are presented as information resources for the study of these species. This research will be important for identifiers, quarantine and plant protection specialists.
The flat mites Tenuipalpus isabelae sp. nov. and Tenuipalpus flechtmanni sp. nov. are described based on deutonymphs and adult females collected in Brazil on Actinostemon sp. (Euphorbiaceae) and Campomanesia sp. (Myrtaceae), respectively.
Key words: Acari, flat mites, taxonomy, Actinostemon, Campomanesia