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Family Phytoseiidae Berlese
Subfamily Phytoseiinae Berlese
Phytoseius Ribaga, 1902
Phytoseiidae with all setae in the S-series and Z1 suppressed
Seta s6 present, z3 present but often minute; Z4-5 usually enlarged, barbed and with insertions usually contiguous
Genu II with 7 setae; genu III with 6 setae. ~150 described species
Key to genera of Phytoseiinae:
1. Seta z3 absent, s6 present ..... Platyseiella Muma
- Seta z3 present, s6 present or absent ..... 2
2. Seta z6 absent, s6 present; dorsal shield setae barbed, usually acicular, fine to thickened ..... Phytoseius
- Seta z6 present, s6 absent; dorsal shield setae spatulate/ paddle-shaped ..... Chantia Pritchard & Baker
Similar taxa. Species of Paraphytoseius (Amblyseiinae) strongly resemble species of Phytoseius but have serrate-chelate chelicerae and lack setae z3 and s6. Species of Platyseiella lack setae z3.
Ecology & Distribution. Species of Phytoseius are found worldwide and some have proven useful as biocontrol agents of eriophyoid mites .
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