Revision of the Brevipalpus phoenicis complex with descriptions of new species from Chile and Thailand (Acarina, Tenuipalpidae)
1975 - Volume: 17 Issue: 1 pages: 81-91
Brevipalpus phoenicis has been the only known species in the genus having the following combination of characters, viz: five pairs of marginal hysterosomal setae and two sensory rods (solenidia) on the distal part of tarsus II. In the course of the study on the tetranychoid mites of Chile, three new species pertaining to the phoenicis group were found on wild host plants. These species include B. cortesi, B . tarus and B. araucanus. A fourth species, B . phoenicoides, very closely related to phoenicis, collected in Thailand on Citnts, Pandanus and other wild plants is also described as new. The holotype specimen of B. phoenicis is redescribed. The importance of chaetotaxy on immature stages is stressed.
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