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Tarsonemid Mite

Scientific Name
Tarsonemus confusus
Scientific Author
Ewing, 1939
(Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae: Tarsoneminae: Tarsonemini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
NZ - Exotic

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Ventral - Adult
NZA135. Magnification: 63×.
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Diagnostic Notes

Scapular setae slightly longer than transverse distance between their bases, and about 2.0 times as long as vertical setae; hysterosomal setae c1 nearly twice as long as e, and 1.5 times as long as f; d and e similar in form to f and h, thicker and less tapered than c1. Metapodosomal plate without sharp processes at the level of trochanters IV, with regular granulation as tergite C. Ventral propodosomal plate with broken edge between ends of apodemes I and II; anteromedian apodeme with knotlike thickening, not joined with apodemes II and sejugal apodeme, invisible in posterior part of propodosomal plate; sejugal apodeme bent in its middle part; posteromedian apodeme bifurcated anteriorly, connected with apodemes IV. Pharynx without transverse striation. Tarsal eupathidia p", p", tc" of leg I inserted in distal end of segment, but tc' inserted 1/3 the length of tibiotarsus from its distal end; solenidion phi1 enlarged distally, shorter than solenidion omega on leg I; omega on leg I distinctly shorter than distance between its insertion and base of tibiotatsus I; femur II with 3 setae; tarsus II with 4 nonmodified setae, pv' spinelike; seta tc" on leg IV shorter than combined length of femurogenu and tibiotatsus of leg IV.


- Beer, R.E. (1954). A revision of the Tarsonemidae of the western hemisphere (Order: Acarina). University of Kansas Scientific Bulletin, 36, Pt. 2, No 16: 1091-1387.

- Kaliszewski, M. (1993). Key to Palearctic of the genus Tarsonemus: Acari, Tarsonemidae. Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Seria Zoologia Nr 14: 1-204.
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
19/04/2011 01:02 AEST
Last Updated
04/05/2014 21:51 AEST
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