Spider mites and predatory mites (Acari: Tetranychidae, Phytoseiidae) on plum, cherry plum and blackthorn (Prunus spp.) in Serbia


Abstract: This study presents the data on spider mites (Tetranychidae) and predatory mites (Phytoseiidae) complexes hosted by plum (Prunus domestica; Pd), cherry plum (P. cerasifera; Pc) and blackthorn (P. spinosa; Ps), which were collected in various growing regions in Serbia over the period 1980-2014. The three Prunus species were found to host eight spider mite species: Amphitetranychus viennensis (Pd, Pc, Ps), Bryobia rubrioculus (Pd, Pc), Bryobia sp. (Ps), Eotetranychus clitus (Ps), E. deflexus (Pd), Panonychus ulmi (Pd, Pc), Tetranychus urticae (Pd, Pc, Ps) and T. turkestani (Pc, Ps). Fifteen phytoseiid species were also detected: Amblyseius andersoni (Pd, Pc, Ps), Euseius finlandicus (Pd, Pc, Ps), Kampimodromus aberrans (Pd, Pc), Neoseiulella aceri (Pc, Ps), N. tilliarum (Pd), Paraseiulus soleiger (Pd), P. talbii (Pc), P. triporus (Ps), Phytoseius corniger (Ps), P. echinus (Pd, Pc, Ps), P. juvenis (Ps), P. maltshenkovae (Ps), P. macropilis (Pd, Ps), Typhlodromus pyri (Ps) and T. rhenanus (Pd, Ps). An analysis of the Tetranychidae/Phytoseiidae complex on the three plum species revealed a predominance of a combination of three tetranychid species (A. viennensis, T. urticae and B. rubrioculus) and five phytoseiid species (E. finlandicus, A. andersoni, P. macropilis, K. aberrans and P. echinus).Extended abstract

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