Acarofauna (Acari, Arachnida) associada a Genipa americana L., (Rubiaceae) em Ilha Solteira, São Paulo

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De Castro, Elizeu Barbosa
Vieira, Marineide Rosa

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The aim of this work was to study the mite community associated to Genipa americana L., a native species used as urban tree in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo. For this, six plants of this species were sampled from January to December 2007 and 17 species belonging to 13 families were registered. Among these species, nine are predaceous, six are phytophagous, and two present unknown feeding habits. Predaceous Phytoseiidae presented the highest number of individuals (480) and species (3). Euseius citrifolius (Phytoseiidae) and Brevipalpus phoenicis (Tenuipalpidae) are the most frequent species. G. americana has potential as a reservoir of predatory mites, but its use in agroecosystems needs to be evaluated in further studies. Attention should be given to the fact that this is a host plant of B. phoenicis, an important pest species of mite.



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Revista de Biologia Neotropical. , v. 8, n. 1, p. 33-39, 2011.