Injury to Citrus by the Mite Brevipalpus phoenicis

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Brevipalpus phoenicis (Geijskes) (sometimes called the false spider mite), is worldwide in distribution. It has been reported from citrus in the United States (Florida and Texas), Mexico, Cuba, Trinidad, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Aden, Ethiopia, Egypt, Spain, Syria, India, and the Philippines. With the exception of the citrus rust mite, Phyllocoptruta oleivora (Ashmead), this is the most frequently encountered mite in unsprayed or occasionally sprayed Florida citrus groves (Muma 1965). On citrus, it is often associated with B. californicus(Banks) and B. obovatus Donnadieu, but unlike them, it does not produce leprosis (Knorr 1968). B. phoenicis has been suspected, however, of causing swellings on citrus stems (“Brevipalpus gall”), dropping of leaves (“halo scab”), and foliar chlorosis (“phoenicis blotch”) (Knorr and Malaguti 1960, Knorr et al. 1960).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 15, 1970

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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