Experimental and Applied Acarology

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Molecular and morphological characterization of the predatory mite Amblyseius largoensis (Acari: Phytoseiidae): surprising similarity between an Asian and American populations

  • Debora B. Lima
  • Daniela Rezende-Puker
  • Renata S. MendonçaEmail author
  • Marie-Stephane Tixier
  • Manoel G. C. GondimJr.
  • José W. S. Melo
  • Daniel C. Oliveira
  • Denise Navia


The accurate characterization of biological control agents is a key step in control programs. Recently, Amblyseius largoensis from Thailand were introduced in Brazil to evaluate their efficiency for the control of the red palm mite, Raoiella indica. The aim of this study was to confirm their identification and to characterize the population from Thailand, comparing it to populations of the Americas and Indian Ocean islands. In addition, a population of A. largoensis from New Caledonia, Oceania, of which DNA sequences were available, was included in phylogenetic analyses. Morphometric data obtained for the population of A. largoensis from Thailand were compared to those of populations from Reunion Island and the Americas through univariate and multivariate analyses. Two DNA fragments were amplified and sequenced: the nuclear ribosomal region ITSS and the mitochondrial 12S rRNA. Haplotypes (12S rRNA) and genotypes (ITSS) were identified and phylogenetic analyses using both fragments were conducted separately and combined using maximum likelihood and the Bayesian information criterion. The integrative approach reveals morphometric and molecular variabilities among populations of A. largoensis and shows that the population identified as A. largoensis collected in Thailand, as well as that from New Caledonia, are conspecific to the populations of the Americas and Indian Ocean islands. Populations from the Americas and Asia are more related to each other than with that from the Indian Ocean islands. Hypotheses to explain this clustering are proposed. Data on the molecular intraspecific variability of this predatory mite from remote areas will be helpful for the development of molecular diagnosis.


Integrative taxonomy Thailand Classical biological control Raoiella indica Molecular systematics 



Study was supported by Edital CNPq/MAPA/SDA No 64/2008 (Process No. 578190/2008-7). D.B. Lima received financial support from CNPq (PDJ-Proc. 150055/2017-0) and R.S. Mendonça from CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil (PNPD/Agronomia Proc. No. 18075866). D. Navia received a research fellowship from CNPq (PQ, Proc. No. 311398/2013-8).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debora B. Lima
    • 1
  • Daniela Rezende-Puker
    • 1
  • Renata S. Mendonça
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marie-Stephane Tixier
    • 3
  • Manoel G. C. GondimJr.
    • 1
  • José W. S. Melo
    • 4
  • Daniel C. Oliveira
    • 5
  • Denise Navia
    • 6
  1. 1.Departamento de Agronomia – EntomologiaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade de Agronomia e Medicina VeterináriaUniversidade de BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil
  3. 3.Montpellier SupAgro, The Center for Biology and Management of PopulationsMontferrier-sur-LezFrance
  4. 4.Departamento de FitotecniaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil
  5. 5.Departamento de Entomologia e AcarologiaEscola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”PiracicabaBrazil
  6. 6.Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e BiotecnologiaBrasíliaBrazil

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