Generalised Phytoseius, from here.

Belongs within: Phytoseioidea.

Phytoseius is a genus of mostly plant-associated predatory mites with thickened dorsal setae (Krantz & Ainscough 1990). Setae J2 and R1 are present in members of the typical subgenus but absent in species of the subgenus Dubininellus. Some species of Phytoseius have been used in the control of plant-pest mites. Phytoseius rasilis has been recorded as a potential predator of ten different mite species in the Philippines (Corpuz-Raros 2002). Phytoseius aleuritus is common in China on apple crops. Phytoseius fujianensisP. hawaiiensis, P. hongkongensis, P. huqiuensis and P. minutus are associated with citrus (Wu & Lan 2001).

Characters (from Krantz & Ainscough 1990): Several dorsal setae thickened and strongly serrated; setae r3 inserted on dorsal shield; setae z3 present.

Phytoseius Ribaga 1902H98
    |--P. (Phytoseius)FH93
    |    |--*P. (P.) plumifer (Can. & Fanz. 1876) [=Gamasus plumifer]ET79
    |    |--P. (P.) chanti Denmark 1966FH93
    |    `--P. (P.) hawaiiensis Prasad 1968FH93 [=P. hawaiensis (l. c.)H98]
    `--P. (Dubininellus) macropilis (Banks 1909)FH93, H98 (see below for synonymy)
Phytoseius incertae sedis:
  P. acaciae Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. aleuritusWL01
  P. ambaZH07
  P. brigalow Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. bunya Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. camelot Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. danutae Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. darwin Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. devildevil Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. diutiusC-R02
  P. douglasensis Schicha 1984H98
  P. echinus Wainstein & Arutunjan 1970Z91
  P. finitimusR-CT01
  P. fotheringhamiae Denmark & Schicha 1975 (see below for synonymy)H98
  P. fujianensisWL01
  P. glareosusC-R02
  P. hongkongensis Swirski & Shechter 1961H98 [=P. (Pennaseius) hongkongensisMM85]
  P. horridusRCT96
  P. huquiensisWL01
  P. improcerus Corpuz 1966H98
  P. juvenisZ91
  P. leaki Schicha 1977H98
  P. litchfieldensis Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. mantoni Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. mayottae Schicha 1984H98
  P. minutusWL01
  P. nahuatlensisHBR80
  P. oreillyi Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. paluma Walter & Beard 1997H98
  P. panormitaRCT96
  P. rasilisC-R02
  P. rubiginosae Schicha 1984H98
  P. severusZ91
  P. shuteri Schicha 1987H98
  P. stephaniae Schicha 1984H98
  P. woolwichensis Schicha 1977H98

Phytoseius fotheringhamiae Denmark & Schicha 1975 [=Phyoseius (l. c.) fotheringhamiae, Phytoseius fotheringhamae (l. c.)]H98

Phytoseius (Dubininellus) macropilis (Banks 1909)FH93, H98 [=Sejus macropilisFH93; incl. Seiulus spoofi Oudemans 1915FH93, P. spoofiMC97]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C-R02] Corpuz-Raros, L. A. 2002. Philippine acarine biological control agents: status, bioecology and research prospects. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 85 (2): 137–154.

[ET79] Evans, G. O., & W. M. Till. 1979. Mesostigmatic mites of Britain and Ireland (Chelicerata: Acari-Parasitiformes). An introduction to their external morphology and classification. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 35: 139–270.

[FH93] Farrier, M. H., & M. K. Hennessey. 1993. Soil-inhabiting and free-living Mesostigmata (Acari-Parasitiformes) from North America: an annotated checklist with bibliography and index. North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University, Technical Bulletin 302: i–xvi, 1–408.

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

[HBR80] Hansell, R. I. C., F. L. Bookstein & H. J. Rowell. 1980. Operational point homology by Cartesian transformation to standard shape: examples from setal positions in phytoseiid mites. Systematic Zoology 29 (1): 43–49.

[MC97] McMurtry, J. A., & B. A. Croft. 1997. Life-styles of phytoseiid mites and their roles in biological control. Annual Review of Entomology 42: 291–323.

[MM85] McMurtry, J. A., & G. J. de Moraes. 1985. Some phytoseiid mites (Acari) of Papua New Guinea, with descriptions of six new species. International Journal of Acarology 11 (2): 75–88.

[RCT96] Ragusa Di Chiara, S., & H. Tsolakis. 1996. A. survey of phytoseiid mites (Phytoseiidae) associated with various plants in Sicily (Italy). In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 253–256. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[R-CT01] Ragusa-di Chiara, S., & H. Tsolakis. 2001. Phytoseiid faunas of natural and agricultural ecosystems in Sicily. 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. 522–529. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[WL01] Wu, W.-N., & W.-M. Lan. 2001. The phytoseiid mites of major crops in China. 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. 530–532. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[Z91] Zacharda, M. 1991. Typhlodromus pyri Scheuten, 1857 (Acari: Phytoseiidae), a unique predator for biological control of phytophagous mites in Czechoslovakia. 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. 205–210. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

[ZH07] Zundel, C., R. Hanna, U. Scheidegger & P. Nagel. 2007. Living at the threshold: where does the Neotropical phytoseiid mite Typhlodromalus aripo survive the dry season? Experimental and Applied Acarology 41: 11–26.

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