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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Redescription of Tenuipalpus palosapis Corpuz-Raros (Trombidiformes: Tenuipalpidae) from the Philippines, with comparison to related species

Author
item Castro, E. - Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
item Beard, J. - University Of Maryland
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron
item Feres, Rjf - Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)

Submitted to: International Journal of Acarology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/13/2018
Publication Date: 3/22/2018
Citation: 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.

Interpretive Summary: Flat mites cause severe damage to agricultural crops and fruit trees around the world, annually costing many millions of dollars. This article describes a new species of Tenuipalpus based on type material deposited at the National Insect and Mite Collection, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH), located at Beltsville, Maryland, USA. This species was compared with three other morphologically similar species of Tenuipalpus from the Asia-Pacific region. This study will be important to plant protection officers, extension workers, agriculture scientists, entomologists and forestry professionals.

Technical Abstract: Tenuipalpus palosapis Corpuz-Raros, 1978, was described based on specimens collected on Anisoptera thurifera Blume and Shorea squamata Benth. and Hook.f. (Dipterocarpaceae), from Laguna, Republic of the Philippines. In this paper, we redescribe T. palosapis based on paratype specimens deposited at the National Insect and Mite Collection, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH), located at Beltsville, Maryland, USA. We compare T. palosapis with three other morphologically similar species of Tenuipalpus from the Asia-Pacific region, Tenuipalpus antipodus Collyer (New Zealand), Tenuipalpus guamensis Baker (Guam), and Tenuipalpus orilloi Rimando (Republic of the Philippines), and we demonstrate that the females of these species share a well-developed and similarly shaped, genitoventral plate. Based on literature records, the latter three species have been recorded on a broader range of host plants than has been recorded for many other species of Tenuipalpus, and have been intercepted at ports of entry in the United States and New Zealand. A key to these four species is provided.