Phytonemus pallidus (Acari: Tarsonemidae): a new potential pest in strawberry production and associated Phytoseiid predators (Acari: Mesostigmata) in Silifke, Turkey
Abstract: This study was aimed to determine abundance of phytoseiid mite species in association with Phytonemus pallidus (Acari: Tarsonemidae) and Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) in strawberry fields of Silifke county, Turkey. P. pallidus were detected in all samples with high infestations (mixed stages > 10 individuals/leaflet). A total of 11 phytoseiid species belonging to six genera and two sub-genera were determined in association with the pest. Among them Neoseiulus barkeri Hughes (29.07%) was the most abundant species followed by Proprioseiopsis messor (Wainstein), Amblyseius swirskii Athias-Henriot and Typhlodromus (Anthoseius) recki Wainstein. The existence of P. pallidus and abundance of the associated phytoseiid predators in strawberry fields of Silifke, Turkey were revealed for the first time in this study. Results of this study will be the first step in the establishment of IPM programs in these strawberry fields.