, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 237-242

Biological Cycle of Lorryia formosa (Acari, Tydeidae) on Rubber Tree Leaves: A Case of Thelytoky

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Abstract

Lorryia formosa Cooreman has been collected on many different host plants around the world. The biological cycle of this species was studied at 28 °C with mites collected from a rubber tree crop. The life table was constructed based on sixty individuals. The average lifetime was 37.43 ± 20.23 (SE) days, and the r m was 0.08. The sex ratio was totally female biased, and unfertilized eggs developed into females. This is the first record of thelytoky in Tydeoidea proved by rearing.