Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia
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Acta Univ Latv (2004) 676: 87–95
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Acta Univ Latv (2004) 676: 87–95

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The predatory mite (Acari, Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata (Gamasina); Acariformes: Prostigmata) community in strawberry agrocenosis

Valentīna Petrova*, Ineta Salmane, Zigrīda Čudare
Institute of Biology, University of Latvia, Miera 3, Salaspils LV-2169, Latvia
*Corresponding author, E-mail: valentina-2003@inbox.lv.


Altogether 37 predatory mite species from 14 families (Parasitiformes and Acariformes) were collected using leaf sampling and pit-fall trapping in strawberry fields (1997 - 2001). Thirty six were recorded on strawberries for the first time in Latvia. Two species, Paragarmania mali (Oud.) (Aceosejidae) and Eugamasus crassitarsis (Hal.) (Parasitidae) were new for the fauna of Latvia. The most abundant predatory mite families (species) collected from strawberry leaves were Phytoseiidae (Amblyseius cucumeris Oud., A. aurescens A.-H., A. bicaudus Wainst., A. herbarius Wainst.) and Anystidae (Anystis baccarum L.); from pit-fall traps – Parasitidae (Poecilochirus necrophori Vitz. and Parasitus lunaris Berl.), Aceosejidae (Leioseius semiscissus Berl.) and Macrochelidae (Macrocheles glaber Müll).

Key words: agrocenosis, diversity, predatory mites, strawberry.

Acta Univ Latv (2004) 676: 87–95
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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