Schizotetranychus lespedezae, Beglyarov & Mitrofanov, 1973

Poojar, Dyamanagouda, Ramakrishnan, Vishnupriya & Gowda, Channegowde Chinnamade, 2021, Two new records of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) with new host plant from Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India, Persian Journal of Acarology 11 (1), pp. 153-157 : 155

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Schizotetranychus lespedezae


S. lespedezae Beglyarov & Mitrofanov, 1973 View in CoL

Syn.: Schizotetranychus leguminosus Ehara , in: Mitrofanov et al. (1987), p. 103.

Geographical distribution – This species is recorded from Pueraria montana (Fabaceae) and Wisteria floribunda (Fabaceae) in Japan ( Ehara 1973; Gotoh et al. 2003; Matsuda et al. 2014); on Lespedeza bicolor (Fabaceae) , Lespedeza sp. (Fabaceae) and Maackia amurensis (Fabaceae) from Russia ( Beglyarov and Mitrofanov 1973; Ehara 1973). In India it is reported in Karnataka on Bauhinia purpurea (Fabaceae) , Gliricidia sp. (Fabaceae) , Pongamia sp. (Fabaceae) and Cajanus cajan (Fabaceae) ( Zeity et al. 2016).

Material examined – 2♂ and 3♀, Insectary , TNAU- Coimbatore, TNAU 0150- 0154 View Materials , 7.x.2020 and 3♀ and 3♂, Paddy Breeding Station , TNAU Coimbatore, TNAU 0155-0161 View Materials , 17.ii.2020 on Bauhinia purpurea .

Remarks – Mites infest undersurface of leaves by making small colonies of silken web. They feed from underneath web and these white spots are clearly visible. Later, due to severe infestation leaves turns yellow and feather off. This species was recorded first time in Tamil Nadu and host range is shown to be restricted to Fabaceae plants.


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