Flat Mites of the World

Phyllotetranychus

Key characters

  • full complement of setae
  • h2 not elongate
  • dorsal setae shaped like leaves (broadly palmate) (Figs. 1-2)
  • anterior margin of prodorsum with forked projection, prongs directed anteriorly (Fig. 2)
  • ventral, genital and anal plates not developed
  • 2 pairs ps setae
  • 2 segmented palp

Number of species

Two - P. aegyptium, P. romaine

Authority

Sayed

Distribution

Egypt, Israel, Mauritius, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Hosts

Latania loddigesii, Phoenix dactylifera (Arecaceae)

Colour

  • red when alive; dorsal setae white
  • eggs red
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Fig. 1. Phyllotetranychus romaine female dorsum (after Pritchard & Baker 1958).

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Fig. 2. Phyllotetranychus aegyptium adult female dorsum, arrow indicates anterior forked projection on prodorsum (image: Gary Bauchan, USDA-ARS).

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Fig. 3. Phyllotetranychus aegyptium adult female dorsal setae (image: Gary Bauchan, USDA-ARS).