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Research Project: Systematics of Acari and Hemiptera: Plant Pests, Predators, and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: First record of Cenopalpus officinalis Papaioannou-Souliotis for Italy and Mexico

item DEGIOSA, MARCELLO - University Of Bari
item MCDONALD, ERIC - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Acarologia
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/10/2021
Publication Date: 12/12/2021
Citation: Degiosa, M., Mcdonald, E., Ochoa, R. 2021. First record of Cenopalpus officinalis Papaioannou-Souliotis for Italy and Mexico. Acarologia. 61(4):978-995.

Interpretive Summary: Flat mites are important agricultural pests on crops, forestry, ornamentals and fruit trees. Their damage and control cost many millions of dollars annually world wide. This article reports the finding of a Mediterranean flat mite species in the Americas associated with Rosemary, a popular fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean region. New distribution and revision of the mite species were included to help with the understanding of this emerging invasive species. This study will be important to plant protection officers, extension workers, agriculture scientists, entomologists and ornamental plant growers.

Technical Abstract: Cenopalpus officinalis Papaioannou-Souliotis, 1986 (Trombidiformes: Tetranychoidea: Tenuipalpidae) is reported for the first time from Mexico and Italy. Previously, this species was only found in Greece. This mite is the first species belonging to the genus Cenopalpus recorded from Mexico. Females, males, deutonymphs and eggs are illustrated and analyzed. Mite specimens collected in Italy and material intercepted from Italy and Mexico at United States ports of entry were studied.