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Bulgarian Journal of Crop Science   ISSN 0568-465X
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Petrobia (Tetranychina) harti (Acarina: Tetranychidae) a new species for the Bulgarian fauna
Nikola Atanasov, Mariela Marinova, Margarita Atanasova
Abstract: Petrobia harti was identified for the first time in Bulgaria in 2010 on Oxalis corniculata (Oxalidacea) at Zvanichevo’s village greenhouse. Oxalis corniculata is a very important weed for greenhouses where are crowing vegetable crops, like cucumbers and tomatoes. On a later stage Petrobia harti was found in Petrich greenhouses as well. It was carried out very often in a mixed colonies with the spider mites Tetranychus urticae and Tetranychus turkestani. Petrobia harti is a very specialized phytofagous mite and its growth optimal runs on Oxalis species.
Keywords: Oxalis red mite; Petrobia harti; Oxalis corniculata; morphology; biology
Date published: 2017-07-25
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