Rust mite Aceria anthocoptes, coloured SEM from the Agricultural Research Service.

Belongs within: Eriophyinae.

Aceria is a large genus of over 800 species of eriophyid mite, some of which are serious pests of commercial crops. Many species cause the development of galls or erinea (open papillar masses) on their host plants. The citrus bud mite Aceria sheldoni feeds in buds and developing fruit, causing distortion of flowers, fruits and leaves. Aceria guerreronis is one of the most significant pests attacking coconuts, causing damage to floral bracts and premature dropping of fruit (Walter et al. 2009). The wheat curl mite A. tosichella is a vector for viruses on cereal crops. Conversely, the russet mite A. anthocoptes has been suggested as a biological control agent for the Canada thistle Cirsium arvense.

Aceria Keifer 1944H98
|--A. acacifloris Meyer 1990H98
|--A. acnistiF96
|--A. acroptiloniWL09
|--A. annonaeOA96
|--A. anthocoptesBC01
|--A. artemisiaeBC01
|--A. australis Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. avicenniae Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. balasiSKR96
|--A. bicornisBC01
|--A. burnleya Keifer 1965H98
|--A. cajaniWL09
|--A. carmichaeliae Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. caulobiusL91
|--A. centaureaeWL09
|--A. chondrillae (Canestrini 1891) [=Phytoptus chondrillae, Eriophyes chondrillae]H98
|--A. clianthi Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. cottieri Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. cynodoniensis Sayed 1946 [=Eriophyes cynodoniensis; incl. A. neocynodonis Keifer 1960, E. neocynodonis]H98
|--A. dactylonyxSL71
| |--A. d. dactylonyxSL71
| `--A. d. titirangensis Lamb 1953SL71
|--A. dalbergiaeG91
|--A. diospyri Keifer 1944 [=Eriophyes diospyri]H98
|--A. doctersiH07
|--A. drabaeWL09
|--A. eleagnicola Farkas 1963F63
|--A. erinea (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tristriatus var. erineus, Eriophyes erineus]H98
|--A. eriobotryaH07
|--A. essigi (Hassam 1928)SL71
|--A. falciformis Keifer 1969H98
|--A. ficus (Cotte 1920) [=Eriophyes ficus; incl. E. fici Essig 1926]H98
|--A. galiobaBC01
|--A. genistaeBC01
|--A. ghaniiCK01
|--A. granatiWL09
|--A. guerreronisWL09
|--A. healyi Manson 1970SL71
|--A. hippophaenusF63
|--A. jasminiG91
|--A. jovaniviciBC01
|--A. lantanaeBC01
|--A. litchii (Keifer 1943) [=Eriophyes litchii]H98
|--A. lycopersici (Wolffenstein 1879) [=Phytoptus lycopersici, Eriophyes lycopersici]H98
|--A. malherbaeWL09
|--A. mangiferae Sayed 1946 [=Eriophyes mangiferae]H98
|--A. manukae Lamb 1951SL71
|--A. medicaginis (Keifer 1941) [=Eriophyes medicaginis]H98
|--A. meliaeBC01
|--A. melicyti Lamb 1953SL71
|--A. moriG91
|--A. neseriBC01
|--A. odorata Conroy 1958S69
|--A. oleaeWL09
|--A. prostantherae Keifer 1959 [=Eriophyes prostantherae]H98
|--A. purpurascencis Conroy 1958S69
|--A. puttarudriahiG91
|--A. rubrifaciens Lamb 1953SL71
|--A. sacchariH07
|--A. salviaeBC01
|--A. sheldoni (Ewing 1937) [=Eriophyes sheldoni]H98
|--A. spartiiBC01
|--A. stefaniiL91
|--A. tenuis (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tenuis, Eriophyes tenuis]H98
|--A. thessalonicaeWL09
|--A. tosichella Keifer 1969 [incl. A. tritici Shevtchenko et al. 1970]H98
|--A. tristriatus (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tristriatus, Eriophyes tristriatus]H98
|--A. tulipae (Keifer 1938) [=Eriophyes tulipae]H98
|--A. victoriae Ramsay 1958SL71
|--A. vitalbaeBC01
`--A. waltheri (Keifer 1939)SL71

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BC01] Briese, D. T., & J. M. Cullen. 2001. The use and usefulness of mites in biological control of weeds. In: Halliday, R. B., D. E. Walter, H. C. Proctor, R. A. Norton & M. J. Colloff (eds) Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress pp. 453–463. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[CK01] Charanasri, V., & M. Kongchuensin. 2001. Species and population densities of mites on jujube. In: Halliday, R. B., D. E. Walter, H. C. Proctor, R. A. Norton & M. J. Colloff (eds) Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress pp. 419–422. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[F63] Farkas, H. K. 1963. On the eriophyids from Hungary. IV. The description of new species (Acari, Eriophyidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 9 (3–4): 237–270.

[F96] Flechtmann, C. H. W. 1996. Effect of feeding by Aculops lycopersici (Massee) (Eriophyidae) on the mineral content of tomato plants of two varieties. In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 211–212. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[G91] Gupta, S. K. 1991. The mites of agricultural importance in India with remarks on their economic status. In: Dusbábek, F., & V. Bukva (eds) Modern Acarology: Proceedings of the VIII International Congress of Acarology, held in České Budĕjovice, Czechoslovakia, 6–11 August 1990 vol. 1 pp. 509–522. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

[H98] Halliday, R. B. 1998. Mites of Australia: A checklist and bibliography. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.

[H07] Ho, C.-C. 2007. Crop mite pests of southeast Asia and tropical far east. In: Morales-Malacara, J. B., V. M. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann, T. M. Pérez, E. G. Estrada-Venegas & M. Badii (eds) Acarology XI: Proceedings of the International Congress pp. 259–266. Instituto de Biología and Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología: México.

[L91] Lillo, E. de. 1991. Preliminary observations of ovoviviparity in the gall-forming mite, Aceria caulobius (Nal.) (Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae). In: Schuster, R., & P. W. Murphy (eds) The Acari: Reproduction, development and life-history strategies pp. 223–229. Chapman & Hall: London.

[OA96] Ochoa, R., H. Aguilar, G. Evans & C. Vargas. 1996. Knowledge of phytophagous mites (Prostigmata) of Central America. In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 181–184. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[SKR96] Sobhian, R., L. Knutson & J. S. Rodier. 1996. Biology and host specificity notes on Styphlus penicillus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), examined as a biological control agent for Crupina vulgaris in the United States with remarks on its host plant. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 98 (2): 317–323.

[S69] Steyskal, G. C. 1969. The mistreatment of the Latin genitive case in forming names of parasites. Systematic Zoology 18 (3): 339–342.

[WL09] Walter, D. E., E. E. Lindquist, I. M. Smith, D. R. Cook & G. W. Krantz. 2009. Order Trombidiformes. In: Krantz, G. W., & D. E. Walter (eds) A Manual of Acarology 3rd ed. pp. 233–420. Texas Tech University Press.

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