Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae

Key Information

This key enables the user to identify any known genus of flat mite from around the world. A detailed fact sheet covering diagnostics, hosts and distribution is included for each genus. The key is based on adult female specimens only, although in some instances males and more rarely older nymphs may also key out. If your specimen keys to the genus Tenuipalpus, a detailed fact sheet for the species Tenuipalpus pacificus is provided for comparison.

This is Part I of a key to important Brevipalpus species, based on adult females. It enables the user to identify commonly intercepted species of Brevipalpus from around the world, and at least one representative of each species-group is included in the key for comparison.. A fact sheet covering diagnostics, hosts, and distribution is available for each species included. Currently, the taxon names B. californicus and B. phoenicis actually represent several species. As such, the information available in the literature for these species is rendered close to useless as the true identity of each species in question is now a mystery. For simplicity, these two species are divided into “types” within the key. These "types" are currently being resolved by Ochoa and Beard, and updates will be made to the key when they become available. Brevipalpus californicus sensu lato is divided into 3 types, and B. phoenicis is divided into 2 types. Two fact sheets are provided for each type – a detailed, specific fact sheet for each species type and a general fact sheet for the taxon name in the broad sense.

solanums

This key enables the user to identify all known species of Raoiella in addition to some new species from Australia. The new species are referred to in a molecular analysis of the genus by Dowling, Ochoa, Beard, Welbourn and Ueckermann submitted in 2011 (Experimental and Applied Acarology special edition on Raoiella) and are being described by Beard & Ochoa (in prep.). For simplicity, the new species are referred to in the key by species numbers that correspond to those used in Dowling et al. submitted in 2011. A detailed fact sheet covering diagnostics, hosts, and distribution is included for each species.