The distribution of predatory mite species (Acari: Phytoseiidae) in Jabal Moussa Reserve in Lebanon with three new records

Abstract :

The present study enters the attempts to create a consolidated list of Phytoseiidae (Acari) in Lebanon. The main objective was to obtain preliminary data on diversity of this family of mites in a pesticide-free natural reserve (Jabal Moussa) at an altitude of 450 m to 1600 m between spring and summer of 2019. As a result, three different genera including five species were found. The most abundant species were Amblyseius herbicolus (28.57%), Phytoseius plumifer (25%) and Typhlodromus athiasae (25%). While the species Euseius stipulatus (7.14%), Neoseiulus barkeri (3.57%), Typhlodromus invectus (3.57%)and Typhlodromus (Anthoseius) sp. (7.14%) were found and their population densities were low if compared to the above mentioned acari. Out of the seven species found and redescribed, three are reported for the first time in Lebanon: Amblyseius herbicolus, Euseius stipulatus and Typhlodromus (Anthoseius) sp.

Keyword :

Phytoseiid, predatory mites, new record, Jabal Moussa, Lebanon

Author(s) : Badran, A., Darazy, D., Bayan, A., Azar, S.
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Published Issue : 2021 Vol. 16 Number 2

2021 Vol. 16 Number 2