oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new mite of the genus Phytoseiulus Evans (Acarina: Phytoseiidae) from Southern Rhodesia

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In 1952, I proposed the genus Phytoseiulus for the reception of Phytoseiulus speyeri Evans (= Laelaps macropilis Banks, 1906), a phytoseiid mite associated with tetranychids on tomato plants in the Canary Islands. As in other species of the family, P. speyeri lacks the full complement of setae on the dorsum. The genus was characterised by the chaetotactic pattern of the dorsal shield and the form of the shield surrounding the anus in the female. Recently, Athias-Henriot (1957) has added a second species to the genus, Phytoseiulus persimilis.

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