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Title: Two new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Brazil

item REZENDE, J. - Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
item LOFEGO, A. - Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Acarologia
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/21/2015
Publication Date: 12/1/2015
Citation: Rezende, J.M., Lofego, A.C., Ochoa, R. 2015. Two new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Brazil. Acarologia. 55(4):435-448.

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 two new white mites associated with native and crop plants in Brazil. 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: Two new tarsonemid species of the genus Daidalotarsonemus found on both native and crop plants in Brazil are described herein, based on adult females: Daidalotarsonemus esalqi sp. n. and Daidalotarsonemus savanicus sp. n. A key is provided to distinguish females of Daidalotarsonemus species known to occur in Brazil. Biological aspects of these species are briefly discussed. Individuals of Daidalotarsonemus savanicus sp. n. have been misidentified as Daidalotarsonemus tessellatus De Leon in previous reports of this species from Brazil.