Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 30, Issue 1–3, pp 29–105 | Cite as

Host Plants of Brevipalpus californicus, B. obovatus, and B. phoenicis (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) and their Potential Involvement in the Spread of Viral Diseases Vectored by these Mites

  • Carl C. ChildersEmail author
  • Jose Carlos V. Rodrigues
  • Warren C. Welbourn


The family Tenuipalpidae has over 622 species in 30 genera described worldwide. A total of 928 plant species in 513 genera within 139 families are recorded hosts of one or more of the following species: Brevipalpus californicus (Banks), B. obovatus Donnadieu, and B. phoenicis (Geijskes). B. californicus has 316 plant species reported as hosts compared with 451 and 486 host plants for B. obovatus and B. phoenicis, respectively. There are 67 genera of plants within 33 families that are reported hosts of only B. californicus, 119 genera within 55 plant families that are hosts of only B. obovatus, and 118 genera of plants within 64 families that are hosts of only B. phoenicis. There are 14 genera of plants within 12 families that are hosts to both B. californicus and B. obovatus, while there are 40 genera of host plants within 26 families that are hosts for both B. californicus and B. phoenicis. A total of 70 genera of host plants within 39 families have been reported as hosts of both B. obovatus and B. phoenicis, while 77 genera of plants within 44 families have been reported as hosts of all three Brevipalpus species. Geographical differences in the three species of Brevipalpus identified on different plant species within the same genus are common.

citrus leprosis Rhabdoviruses false spider mites flat mites 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl C. Childers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jose Carlos V. Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Warren C. Welbourn
    • 2
  1. 1.Entomology and Nematology DepartmentUniversity of Florida, IFAS, Citrus Research and Education CenterLake AlfredUSA
  2. 2.Division of Plant IndustryFlorida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesGainesvilleUSA

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