Systematic & Applied Acarology
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Systematic & Applied Acarology (2009) 14, 161170.

Filling the gap in distribution of the genus Sonotetranychus (Acari: Tetranychidae) with a description of a new species from New Zealand


1 New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, St. Johns, Auckland 1072, New Zealand. E-mail:

2 Plant Health and Environment Laboratory, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, 231 Morrin Road, St. Johns, P.O. Box 2095, Auckland 1140, New Zealand. E-mail:


The genus Sonotetranychus Tuttle, Baker & Abbatiello, 1976 (Acari: Tetranychidae), previously known from the Americas, Africa and Asia, is for the first time recorded from Australasia. Sonotetranychus tawhairauriki sp. nov. collected on Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortiodes (Nothofagaceae) is described from Ngatimoti, New Zealand. This mite genus is for the first time recorded from plant hosts of the family Nothofagaceae.

Key words: Acari, Tetranychidae, new species, Sonotetranychus


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Accepted by A. Baker: 20 Sept. 2009


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