Fauna of the spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) in Hamedan Province, Iran
Paper ID : 1018-IPCA4 (R2)
MASOUMEH KHANJANI *, Mohammad Khanjani
Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Bu – Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran
The spider mites (Acariformes: Tetranychidae) are the largest and the most important family of the superfamily Tetranychoidea, comprising about 1,288 species. Members of this family are phytophagous and some species are major pests that cause significant damage to agricultural crops. In this context, the spider mite fauna of Hamedan was studied during 2018–2020. Aerial parts of plants were randomly sampled from different parts of Hamedan Province and taken into the laboratory for processing. Mites were removed from infested leaves by means of a No. 0 paint brush under a Wild M8 stereomicroscope and then mite specimens were mounted directly on slides in Hoyer’s medium. In total, thirteen species, belonging to seven genera were collected and identified. Among them, Tetranychus urticae had wide distributions and was found on different hosts. Also, five species, i.e. Oligonychus hamedaniensis, Oligonychus shojaeii, Paraplonobia (P.) flechtmanni, Petrobia (P.) hordei and an undescribed species of Eotetranychus were new to the mite fauna of the province. The list of collected species is as follows:
Bryobia Koch, 1836: B. rubrioculus (Scheuten, 1857); B. praetiosa Koch, 1836; Eotetranychus Oudemans, 1931: E. pruni Oudemans, 1931; E. populi (Koch, 1838); E. sp. nov.; Oligonychus Berlese, 1913: O. shojaeii Khanjani, Khanjani & Seeman, 2018; O. hamedaniensis Khanjani, Khanjani & Seeman, 2018; O. coniferarum (McGregor, 1950); Paraplonobia Wainstein, 1960: P. (P.) flechtmanni Khanjani, Khanjani & Seeman, 2017; Petrobia Murray, 1877: P. (P.) hordei Khanjani, Khanjani & Seeman, 2016; P. (P.) latens (Müller, 1776); Schizotetranychus Trågärdh, 1915: S. iraniensis Mahdavi & Asadi, 2015; Tetranychus Dufour, 1832: T. urticae Koch, 1836.
Tetranychoidea, agricultural crops, taxonomy, Tetranychus, host
Status : Abstract Accepted