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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Ten new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Costa Rica

Author
item Rezende, J. - University Of Brazil
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron
item Lofego, A. - University Of Brazil

Submitted to: International Journal of Acarology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/27/2015
Publication Date: 10/1/2015
Citation: Rezende, J.M., Ochoa, R., Lofego, A.C. 2015. Ten new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Costa Rica. International Journal of Acarology. 41(6):446-493.

Interpretive Summary: White mites are associated with fungi and other diseases and they can cause severe damage to ornamental, fruit trees and crops around the world, costing millions of dollars annually. This paper addresses the identification and biology of white mites associated with the rain forest of Costa Rica. Many white mite species carry fungi and bacteria on their body and their role in forestry and agriculture is poorly known. This study will be important to and used by scientists, plant quarantine officers, plant protection and extension workers, state agriculture departments and the ornamental industry.

Technical Abstract: Ten new tarsonemid species of the genus Daidalotarsonemus found on native plants in Costa Rica are described herein: Daidalotarsonemus alas sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus azofeifai sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus bauchani sp. n. Rezende, Ochoa & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus cuadradus sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus ginae sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus lini sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus marini sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus maryae sp. n. Ochoa, Rezende & Lofego; Daidalotarsonemus puntarenensis sp. n. Rezende, Ochoa & Lofego; and Daidalotarsonemus serratus sp. n. Rezende, Ochoa & Lofego. Measurements, a diagnosis for all the new species and a key to the species known to occur in Costa Rica is provided. The findings related in this article emphasize the importance of conducting mite surveys in rainforests around the world, to better understand the mite diversity which inhabits these biomes.