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Research Project: Mite Systematics and Arthropod Diagnostics with Emphasis on Invasive Species

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Decoding Tuckerellidae and Tenuipalpidae

Author
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron
item Beard, J. - University Of Maryland
item Bauchan, Gary

Submitted to: National Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/20/2011
Publication Date: 12/1/2011
Citation: Ochoa, R., Beard, J.J., Bauchan, G.R. 2011. Decoding Tuckerellidae and Tenuipalpidae. National Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. (ABSTRACT ONLY).

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Flat and peacock mites are pests on crops, ornamental plants, and forest and fruit trees. They are very small and some have been associated with severe leaf damage or the spread of plant viruses. Artifacts from mounting media and type of microscope used are complicating the recognition of the key characters for identification of the species. This presentation addresses and illustrates the new findings on morphology and provides new characters to identify the agriculturally important peacock and flat mite species. This study contributes information for identification of plant feeding mites that will be useful for biologists, entomologists, zoologists and students involved in studies of nature and classification.