DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11158/saasp.16.1.1

Rhizoglyphus echinopus and Rhizoglyphus robini (Acari: Acaridae) from Australia and New Zealand: identification, host plants and geographical distribution

QING-HAI FAN, ZHI-QIANG ZHANG

Abstract


Rhizoglyphus echinopus (Fumouze & Robin, 1868) and R. robini Claparède, 1869 are important pests attacking bulbs, corms and tubers of a variety of crops (e.g. onions, garlic and other vegetables) and ornamentals (lily and other flowers) in greenhouses and in the field worldwide. Their taxonomy, however, is in a state of confusion. Based on a study of several hundreds of specimens from Australia and New Zealand, as well as other countries around the world, this paper provides diagnoses and illustrations of key characters to facilitate the rapid and accurate identification of these two species. Data on host plants, distribution and quarantine implications are also provided.

Keywords


Acaridae; Rhizoglyphus; identification; biosecurity; plant hosts; distribution

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This journal was active from 1997 to 2009. It was merged with its sister journal Systematic and Applied Acarology in 2012.