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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

2018 Annual Report

1. Systematic studies of plant feeding mites in the families Tarsonemidae, Tenuipalpidae, Tetranychidae and Eriophyiidae have been accomplished. Continuous studies on Brevipalpus species associated with Cytoplasmatic and Nuclear leprosis citrus viruses are helping to understand the genus-virus associations and impact on several fruit trees. ARS researchers at Beltsville, Maryland, in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Florida, California, and Texas), Brazil, Mexico, and Australia are working on the identification of the mites that feed on citrus and related fruit trees. Extensive observations and measurements of mites collected worldwide were studied using special types of microscopes and microscopy techniques (e.g. low temperature scanning electron microscopy that allows for instant immobilization of a specimen and ultra-high magnification and resolution of critical structures) which allowed the researchers to define characteristic structures and patterns for the correct identification of the mites. The information has been disseminated in several publications and an on-line web page which has thousands of visits/year from more than 180 countries. This research will be used by scientists, fruit tree growers, and border inspection agents to safeguard our country from invasive, destructive arthropods and diseases.

Review Publications
Hermandes, F.A., Bauchan, G.R., Ochoa, R. 2017. New and little known feather mites (Acari). Parasitology Research. 43(7):499-517.
Rezende, J.M., Ochoa, R., Lofego, A. 2017. Redescription of Suctarsonemus litteratus (Mahunka, 1973) (Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae). International Journal of Acarology. 43(8):582-593.
Childers, C.C., De Lillo, E., Bauchan, G.R., Rogers, M.E., Ochoa, R., Robinson, C. 2018. The external morphology of the mouthparts, and observations on feeding and behavior of Tuckerella japonica on Camellia sinensis in the continental United States. Experimental and Applied Acarology. 74(1):55-71.
Metz, M., Miller, D.R., Dickey, A.M., Bauchan, G.R., Ochoa, R., Skvarla, M.J., Miller, G.L. 2017. Rediscovering digitules in Aphidomorpha and the question of homology among Sternorrhyncha (Insecta: Hemiptera). ZooKeys. 4276(1):139-144.
De Araujo, M.S., Bichuette, M.E., Bauchan, G.R., Ochoa, R., Feres, R.F. 2018. A new species of cave dwelling Neocarus (Acari: Opilioacaridae) from Bahia State, Brazil, with remarks on taxonomic characters. Zootaxa. 4402:303-322.
Jacinavicius, F.C., Bassini-Silva, R., Munoz-Leal, S., Hingst-Zaher, E., Ochoa, R., Bauchan, G.R., Barros-Battesti, D.M. 2018. Quadraseta brasiliensis Goff & Gettinger, 1 1989 (Acari: Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae): neotype designation, redescription of larva and description of deutonymph. Acarology International Congress Proceedings. 58(2):442-456.
Klimov, P., Oconnor, B.M., Chetverikov, P.E., Bolton, S.J., Amir, R., Abdolazim, L., Andrey, V., Bauchan, G.R., Ochoa, R. 2018. Comprehensive phylogeny of acariform mites (Acariformes) provides insights on the origin of the four-legged mites (Eriophyoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 119:105-117.
Sousa, A.G., Rezende, J.M., Lofego, A., Ochoa, R., Oliveira, A.R. 2018. Daidalotarsonemus and Excelsotarsonemus (Acari: Tarsonemidae) in “cabruca” agroecosystems from Brazil, with description of a new species. International Journal of Acarology. 44(2-3):68-79.
Castro, E.B., Beard, J.J., Ochoa, R., Feres, R. 2018. Redescription of Tenuipalpus palosapis Corpuz-Raros (Trombidiformes: Tenuipalpidae) from the Philippines, with comparison to related species. International Journal of Acarology. 44(1-2):80-89.
Castro, E.B., Zanardi, O.C., Garlet, J., Ochoa, R., Feres, R. 2018. Notes on the occurrence of Oligonychus milleri (McGregor) and Oligonychus ununguis (Jacobi) (Acari: Tetranychidae) in Brazil. Neotropical Entomology. 47:429-432.