Systematic & Applied Acarology Society
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Gotoh, T
Dr. Tetsuo GOTOH

Laboratory of Applied Entomology & Zoology
Faculty of Agriculture
Ibaraki University
Ami, Ibaraki 300-0393, Japan

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Positions held

2003.3                       The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology Award
2001.4-                     Professor, Ibaraki University

1994.4- 2001.3         Associate Professor, Ibaraki University
1990.3-1991.1          Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Amsterdam
1985.4-1994.3          Assistant Professor, Ibaraki University
1984.10-1985.3        Postdoctoral Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Ph. D. in Applied Zoology at Hokkaido University, Japan in 1984
M. S. in Applied Entomology at Chiba University, Japan in 1980
B. S. in Applied Entomology at Tamagawa University, Japan in 1978

Research Interests

My research is primarily concerned with the mechanism of speciation in spider mites (Acari) and herbivorous insects. I am specifically interested in the evolutionary processes leading to the utilization of different host plants by closely related mite species. To address such problems, biochemical markers (intra- and inter-specific variations in allozymes and DNA) are coupled with other studies (morphology, genetics, hybridization capabilities, ecology and life history). By adopting a multidisciplinary approach, a better understanding of the factors influencing rates of evolution is also expected to be achieved.

Main Research Items:


Applied Zoology; Insect Technology; Basic Ecology; Laboratory Course in Applied Entomology and Zoology; Advanced Plant Acarology

Society Memberships


Acarological Society of America

The Acarological Society of Japan (President: 2010-2012)

The Entomological Society of Japan

The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology (Editor-in-Chief: 2013-2014)

The Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology

Systematic and Applied Acarology Society
International Executive Committee of International Congress of Acarology (2007-2014) 
Agricultural Insect Pest Management Society of Japan (President: 2008-2009)

Editorial Board: Acarologia (France); International Journal of Acarology (Taylor & Francis, UK); Systematic and Applied Acarology (UK); Persian Journal of Acarology (Iran); Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (Elsevier, the Netherlands), Pakistan Entomologist (Pakistan)

Book chapters

5. Gotoh, T., Y. Kitashima, K. Goka and T. Nagata (2007) Miticide susceptibility of the red spider mite, Oligonychus coffeae (Acari: Tetranychidae). In: Acarology XI (Morales-Malacara, J.B., V. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann,T.M. Perez, E.G. Estrada-Venegas and M. Badii, eds.). Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, pp.529-533.

6Takafuji, A., S. Santoso, N. Hinomoto, C.-T. Shih, C.-C. Ho and T. Gotoh (2007) Comparison between Taiwanese and Japanese populations of Tetranychus kanzawai Kishida (Acari: Tetranychidae) in diapause characteristics and DNA sequences. In: Acarology XI (Morales-Malacara, J.B., V. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann,T.M. Perez, E.G. Estrada-Venegas and M. Badii, eds.). Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, pp.705-714.

7. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (eds.) (2008) Colored Guide to the Phytophagous Mites of Japan and Their Natural Enemies (Revised Edition). Nissan Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 110pp. (in Japanese)

8. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (eds.) (2009) Colored Guide to the Plant Mites of Japan. Zenkoku Nôson Kyôiku Kyôkai, Tokyo, 349 pp. (in Japanese)

9. Gotoh, T. (2012) Acari inhabiting on plants. In: Alien Insect Pests and Naturalized Natural Enemies in Japan (K. Umeya, ed.). Zenkoku Nôson Kyôiku Kyôkai, Tokyo (in Japanese)


131. Zhu, L.-Y., Y.-K. Zhang, C. Ge, T. Gotoh and X.-Y. Hong (2012) Wolbachia promotes the strength of Cardinium-induced CI in the spider mite Tetranychus piercei McGregor. Curr. Microbiol. 65 (5): 516-523.

130. Matsuda, T., N. Hinomoto, R. N. Singh and T. Gotoh (2012) Molecular-based identification and phylogeny of Oligonychus species (Acari: Tetranychidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 105 (3): 1043-1050.

129. Kaneda, T., M. Kameshiro, A. Nakano, K. Yonemoto, T. Minami, K. Aoki and T. Gotoh (2012) Susceptibility of the brown wheat mite, Petrobia latens (Müller) (Acari: Tetranychidae) to agricultural chemicals in carrot crops. J. Acarol. Soc. Jpn. 21 (1): 21-29 (in Japanese).

128. Ullah, M. S., Md. A. Haque, G. Nachman and T. Gotoh (2012) Temperature-dependent development and reproductive traits of Tetranychus macfarlanei (Acari: Tetranychidae). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 56 (4): 327-344.

127. Ohno, S., T. Gotoh, A. Miyagi, T. Ganaha-Kikumura, M. Kurima, K. Kijima and T. Ooishi (2012) Geographic distribution of phytoseiid mite species (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on crops in Okinawa, a subtropical area of Japan. Entomol. Sci. 15 (1): 115-120.

126.  Ullah, M. S., D. Moriya, M. Kongchuensin, P. Konvipasruang and T. Gotoh (2011) Comparative toxicity of acaricides to Tetranychus merganser Boudreaux and Tetranychus kanzawai Kishida (Acari: Tetranychidae). Internat. J. Acarol. 37 (6): 535-543.

125. Ohno, S., A. Miyagi, T. Gotoh, T. Ganaha-Kikumura, K. Shiromoto, K. Kijima and T. Ooishi (2011) Wild host plants of four spider mite species (Acari: Tetranychidae) infesting fruit crops in Okinawa. J. Asia-Pacific Entomol. 14 (3): 281-284.

124. Nakamura, Y., T. Gotoh, S. Imanishi, K. Mita, T. J. Kurtti and H. Noda (2011) Differentially expressed genes in silkworm cell cultures in response to infection by Wolbachia and Cardinium endosymbionts. Insect Mol. Biol. 20 (3): 279-289.

123. Gotoh, T., Y. Hagino and K. Doke (2011) Life cycle of the lilac pyralid Palpita nigropunctalis (Bremer) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on five oleaceous tree species. J. Asia-Pacific Entomol. 14 (2): 195-200.

122. Gotoh, T., M. Koyama, Y. Hagino and K. Doke (2011) Effect of leaf toughness and temperature on development in the lilac pyralid, Palpita nigropunctalis (Bremer) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). J. Asia-Pacific Entomol. 14 (2): 173-178.

121. Ullah, M. S., D. Moriya, M. H. Badii, G. Nachman and T. Gotoh (2011) A comparative study of development and demographic parameters of Tetranychus merganser and Tetranychus kanzawai (Acari: Tetranychidae) at different temperatures. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 54 (1): 1-19.

120. Gotoh, T., S. Fujiwara and Y. Kitashima (2011) Susceptibility to acaricides in nine strains of the tomato red spider mite Tetranychus evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae). Internat. J. Acarol. 37 (2): 93-102.

119. El-Shafei, G. M. A. and T. Gotoh (2010) Performance of eighteen tetranychid mite species (Acari: Tetranychidae) on borage and strawberry. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 45 (4): 579-585.

118. Gotoh, T., N. Sugimoto, A. Pallini, M. Knapp, E. Hernandez-Suarez, F. Ferragut, C.-C. Ho, A. Migeon, M. Navajas and G. Nachman (2010) Reproductive performance of seven strains of the tomato red spider mite Tetranychus evansi (Acari: Tetranychidae) at five temperatures. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 52 (3): 239-259.

117. Ohno, S., A. Miyagi, T. Ganaha-Kikumura, T. Gotoh, K. Kijima, T. Ooishi, C. Moromizato, D. Haraguchi, K. Yonamine and T. Uezato (2010) Non-crop host plants of Tetranychus spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) in the field in Okinawa, Japan: determination of possible sources of pest species and inference on the cause of peculiar mite fauna on crops. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 45 (3): 465-475.

116. Gotoh, T., R. Araki, A. Boubou, A. Migeon, F. Ferragut and M. Navajas (2009) Evidence of co-specificity between Tetranychus evansi and Tetranychus takafujii (Acari: Prostigmata, Tetranychidae): comments on taxonomic and agricultural aspects. Internat. J. Acarol. 35 (6): 485-501.

115. Kawai, S., Y. Matsumoto, T. Gotoh, and H. Noda (2009) Transinfection of Wolbachia in planthoppers: nymphal injection of cultured Wolbachia and infection dynamics. Environ. Entomol. 38 (6): 1626-1633.

114. Ohno, S., A. Miyagi, T. Ganaha-Kikumura, T. Gotoh, Y. Kitashima, T. Ooishi, T. Ando, K. Kijima, K. Futagami, T. Uesato and K. Yasuda (2009) Species composition of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) on vegetables in Okinawa, southwestern Japan. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 44 (4): 627-633.

113. Nakamura, Y., S. Kawai, F. Yukuhiro, S. Ito, T. Gotoh, R. Kisimoto, T. Yanase, Y. Matsumoto, D. Kageyama and H. Noda (2009) Prevalence of Cardinium in planthoppers and spider mites and taxonomic revision of “Candidatus Cardinium hertigii” based on detection of a new Cardinium group from biting midges. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75 (21): 6757-6763.

112. Ehara, S., K. Ohashi, T. Gotoh and N. Tsurusaki (2009) The mite taxa created by S. Ehara and his coauthors with depositories of their type series (Arachnida: Acari). Bull. Tottori Pref. Museum 46: 9-48.

111. Gotoh, T. and A. Tsuchiya (2009) Food scarcity reduces female longevity of Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 47 (3): 249-256.

110. Gotoh, T., T. Korenaga, S. Ikejima and T. Hoshino (2008) Acaricide-mediated suppression of Panonychus citri (McGregor) (Acari: Tetranychidae) in pear orchards in Japan. Internat. J. Acarol. 34 (4): 393-402.

109. Ehara, S., T. Gotoh and X.-Y. Hong (2008) Two new species of Tetranychus (Acari: Tetranychidae) infesting corn in Inner Mongolia, China. Internat. J. Acarol. 34 (4): 339-345.

108. Mori, K., K. Takagi, T. Kohjimoto, T. Gotoh and M. Kobayashi (2008) Seasonal fluctuation in population density of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) and their predators on soybean cultivated in agrochemical sprayed and unsprayed plots. Jpn. J. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 52 (4): 215-223. (in Japanese)

107. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (2008) A new species of Eotetranychus spider mite (Arachnida: Acari: Tetranychidae) from Tilia (Tiliaceae) in Hokkaido. Species Diversity 13 (2/3): 189-193.

106. Khanjani, M., T. Gotoh and Y. Kitashima (2008) A new species f the genus Bryobia Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae) from Iran. Internat. J. Acarol. 34 (3): 243-249.

105. Khanjani, M. and T. Gotoh (2008) False spider mites of the genus Pentamerismus McGregor (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) from Iran. Zootaxa 1768: 52-60.

104. Gotoh, T. and A. Tsuchiya (2008) Effect of multiple mating on reproduction and longevity of the phytoseiid mite Neoseiulus californicus. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 44 (3): 185-197.

103. Khanjani, M., T. Gotoh and H.B. Varandi (2008) A new species of the genus Aegyptobia Sayed (Acari: Prostigmata, Tenuipalpidae) from Iran. System. Appl. Acarol. 13 (1): 65-69.

102. Wu, Y.-X., Q.-X Wang, C.-L. Zhang, T. Gotoh and X.-Y. Hong (2008) Evolutionary analysis of the chromosomal genes (trpB, dnaN) and the tryptophan biosynthetic plasmid gene (trpEG) in Buchnera aphidicola of the peach aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer). Appl. Entomol. Zool. 43 (1): 135-142.

101. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (2007) Five species of spider mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Tetranychidae) from Japan with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 1646: 51-58.

100. Gotoh, T., S. Kaibara and I. Tamura (2007) Species composition and seasonal changes of spider mite density on a leguminous plant Pueraria lobata. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 42 (4): 685-692.

99. Gotoh, T., Y. Kitashima and K. Goka (2007) Tetranychus mite species identification using esterase and phosphoglucomutase zymograms. Appl. Entomol. Zool. 42 (4): 579-585.

98. Gotoh, T. and T. Shida (2007) Life cycles and interactions in spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) on dwarf bamboo, Sasa senanensis (F. & S.) (Poaseae), in Japan. Internat. J. Acarol. 33 (3): 259-273.

97. Gotoh, T., J. Sugasawa, H. Noda and Y. Kitashima (2007) Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in Japanese populations of Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 42 (1): 1-16.

96. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (2007) Two new species of Oligonychus closely related to Ehara (Acari: Prostigmata: Tetranychidae). Internat. J. Acarol. 33 (1): 15-20.

95. Gotoh, T., S. Abe, Y. Kitashima and S. Ehara (2007) Divergence in host range and reproductive compatibility in three strains of Oligonychus gotohi Ehara (Acari: Tetranychidae). Internat. J. Acarol. 33 (1): 7-13.

94. Gotoh, T., H. Noda and S. Ito (2007) Cardinium symbionts cause cytoplasmic incompatibility in spider mites. Heredity 98 (1): 13-20.

93. Gotoh, T., A. Tsuchiya and Y. Kitashima (2006) Influence of prey on developmental performance, reproduction and prey consumption of Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae). Exp. Appl. Acarol. 40 (3/4): 189-204.

92. Matsushima, R., R. Ozawa, M. Uefune, T. Gotoh and J. Takabayashi (2006) Intraspecies variation in the Kanzawa spider mite differentially affects induced defensive response in lima bean plants. J. Chem. Ecol. 32 (11): 2501-2512.

91. Xie, R.-R., Y. Liu, X.-Y. Hong and T. Gotoh (2006) Effect of infection rate of Wolbachia on the reproduction in  Tetranychus kanzawai Kishida (Acari: Tetranychidae) in China. Internat. J. Acarol. 32 (4): 407-415.

90. Suwa, A., Y. Kitashima and T. Gotoh (2006) Compatibility between strains of  Tetranychus pueraricola  (Acari: Tetranychidae) correlated with distance between sites of their origin. Internat. J. Acarol. 32 (2): 203-209.

89. Suwa, A. and T. Gotoh (2006) Geographic variation in diapause induction and mode of diapause inheritance in Tetranychus pueraricola. J. Appl. Entomol. 130 (5): 329-335.

88. Gotoh, T., Y. Higo, T. Fujita and S. Kasuga (2006) Does the number of diapausing eggs laid on bark affect the population dynamics of the spider mite Panonychus mori? Exp. Appl. Acarol. 39(1): 75-83.

87. Ehara, S. and T. Gotoh (2006) Description of a new Eotetranychus from Japan with notes on two other species (Acari: Prostigmata: Tetranychidae). Internat. J. Acarol. 32 (1): 39-44.

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