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A. herbicolus is widespread in tropical and Indo-Pacific countries. Africa: Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar; North America: Ontario, California, Florida; Central and South America: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela; Indo-Pacific: China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa, Hawaii; Australia: ACT, NSW, Queensland. See Moraes et al. (2004) for a complete list of locations.


The species is present in Australia, where it is known as "A. deleoni Muma & Denmark, 1970" (Schicha, 1987, see Synonyms). Collyer (1982) discusses the possibility of A. herbicolus being present in New Zealand, but does not confirm it. The presence of A. herbicolus in New Zealand can be confirmed, since a number of A. herbicolus females are present in the 1972 collection materials from New Zealand (collected in Auckland, deposited at the Australian National Insect Collection, Canberra) (M. Minor, unpublished data).

A. herbicolus is very similar to A. largoensis - the two species can be told apart by the shape of the spermatheca in females - in A. largoensis the cervix of the spermatheca is long and narrow, with parallel sides along the entire length (tube-shaped). In A. herbicolus the spermatheca flares slightly toward the distal end, forming a long, narrow funnel.


Collyer, E. (1982) The Phytoseiidae of New Zealand (Acarina). 1. The genera Typhlodromus and Amblyseius - keys and new species. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 9: 185-206.

Daneshvar, H., and Denmark, H.A. (1982) Phytoseiids of Iran (Acari: Phytoseiidae). International Journal of Acarology 8: 3-14.

Moraes, G.J. de, McMurtry, J.A., Denmark, H.A., and Campos, C.B. (2004) A revised catalog of the mite family Phytoseiidae. Zootaxa 434: 1-494.

Denmark, H.A., and Muma, M.H. (1989) A revision of the genus Amblyseius Berlese, 1914 (Acari : Phytoseiidae). Occasional Papers of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods 4: 1-149.

Gupta, S.K. (1986) Fauna of India (Acari: Mesostigmata) Family Phytoseiidae. Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta, India, 350 p.

Schicha, E. (1987) Phytoseiidae of Australia and Neighboring Areas. Indira Publishing House, Oak Park, Michigan, USA. 187 p.

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