Survey of predacious soil mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) in citrus orchards of the Nile Delta and Middle Egypt with notes on the abundance of the citrus parasitic nematode Tylenchulus semipenetrans (Tylenchida: Tylenchulidae)

  • E. M. El-BanhawyEmail author
  • A. K. Nasr
  • S. I. Afia


Citrus orchards in the Nile Delta and middle Egypt were surveyed for predacious soil mites and parasitic nematodes. There were 16 species of predacious mites and the citrus parasitic nematode, Tylenchulus semipenetrans Cobb. was recorded everywhere. In the medium-heavy soil of the Nile Delta orchards, the general predators or decomposer mites like uropodids were most common. In the light-medium soil of El-Fayoum in middle Egypt, the specialized predator mites like gamasids were most common. In localities where gamasids were common, negligible infestations of citrus parasitic nematodes were reported. Regarding Egypt as a whole, the uropodid mites Uroobovella krantzi (Zaher & Afifi) and Nenteria hypotrichus (El-Borolossy & El-Banhawy) represented about 50% of the sampled mites. The remaining mites were represented by 14 mesostigmatid species, the most common being Gamasiphis pulchellus (Berlese). At least 6% of orchards suffered injurious nematode infestations, 13% critical infestations and 22% moderate infestations, and the remaining 59% were free or with negligible infestations.

Key Words

soil mites parasitic nematodes citrus Tylenchulus semipenetrans natural enemies uropodid mesostigmatid mites 


Une enquête a été conduite sur les acariens prédateurs du sol et les nématodes parasites dans les vergers de citrus du delta du Nil et de la moyenne Egypte. On a dénombré 16 espèces d’acariens prédateurs et le nématode parasite des citrus a été trouvé partout. Dans le sol mi-lourd des vergers du delta du Nil, les acariens prédateurs généralistes ou décomposeurs tels que les uropodides sont les plus communs. Dans les sols moyennement légers de El-fayoum en Moyenne Egypte, les acariens prédateurs spécialisés tels que les gamasides sont plus communs. Dans les localités où les gamasides sont communs, on a constaté que les infestations par les nématodes parasites sont négligeables. Si l’on considère l’Egypte dans son ensemble, les acariens uropodides Uroobovella krantzi (Zaher & Afifi) et Nenteria hypotrichus (El-Borolossy & El-Banhawy) constituent près de 50% des acariens récoltés. Le reste est représenté par 14 espèces de mesostigmatides, la plus commune étant Gamasiphis pulchellus (Berlese). Au moins 6% des vergers souffrent de très fortes attaques, 13% d’attaques critiques et 22% d’attaques modérées, et les 59% restant ne sont pas attaquées ou alors de façon négligeable.

Mots Clés

acariens du sol nématodes parasites citrus Tylenchulus semipenetrans ennemis naturels uropodides mesostigmatides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plant Protection DepartmentNational Research CentreDokki, CairoEgypt

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