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Type: Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30
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The lifestyle of a spider mite in psyllid galls: only parasitic?

Laboratory of Insect Ecology, Kochi University, Kochi 783-8502, Japan
gall host race mite-psyllid interaction parasitism symbiosis


Insect and mite galls provide a secondary habitat for arthropods and are sites driving community diversity. Nevertheless, the role of galls on the lifestyle of mites inhabiting them is scarcely investigated. We previously reported that a population of Eotetranychus asiaticus Ehara colonises leaf galls made by the psyllid Trioza cinnamomi (Boselli) larvae on Japanese cinnamon Cinnamomum yabunikkei H. Ohba (Lauraceae) (Saito et al., 2016).


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