Systematic & Applied Acarology Special Publications
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No. 16 (30 Apr. 2003): 1-16                                           Accepted: 4 Apr. 2003

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

Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland, New Zealand
*Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China


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.

Key words: Acaridae, Rhizoglyphus, identification, biosecurity, plant hosts, distribution

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Papers published in Systematic and Applied Acarology Special Publications are abstracted in Zoological Record, New Entomological Taxa, and CAB Abstracts (e.g. Review of Agricultural Entomology , Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Biocontrol News and Information).

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