Tetranychus neocaledonicus André, 1933, Andre, 1933

Toroitich, Faith J., Ueckermann, Edward A., Theron, Pieter D. & Knapp, Markus, 2009, The tetranychid mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) of Kenya and a redescription of the species Peltanobia erasmusi Meyer (Acari: Tetranychidae) based on males, Zootaxa 2176, pp. 33-47: 44-45

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Tetranychus neocaledonicus André, 1933


Tetranychus neocaledonicus André, 1933   .

Distinctive of this species is the shape of male aedegus that curves dorsad and both anterior and posterior projections are rounded and knob bears a small indent medially ( Figure 5 View FIGURE 5 D). The female tarsus I with proximal pair of duplex setae distal to proximal tactile setae

Specimens examined: Five males and several females collected on Manihot esculenta   ( Euphorbiaceae   ) from Shimba Hills, Kwale district (S04° 21.818; E039° 19.490 ').

Remarks: This species was first described on Gossypium   sp. from New Caledonia ( Ándre, 1933) and is widely distributed in both the Afrotropics and Neotropics, USA and palearctic region on a wide range of host plants ( Migeon and Dorkeld, 2006). In Kenya, the first record of this species was on Ricinus communis   ( Euphorbiaceae   ) from Nairobi ( Baker and Pritchard, 1960). Damage on cassava leaves appear as silver stipples; severely infested plants appear stunted and leaves reduced in size.