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Africa: Angola, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania; North America: California, Florida; Central and South America: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela; Caribbean: Cuba, Jamaica; Middle East: Israel; Southern Europe: Turkey, Georgia; Asia: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand; Pacific: Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, US Samoa, Vanuatu - for the full distribution list see Moraes et al. (2004). Australia: Queensland (Schicha, 1987); widespread in New Zealand (Collyer, 1982; Zhang, 2001).


Species largely tropical in distribution, found on native vegetation and on crop plants (Collyer, 1982; Schicha, 1987). This species is very similar to A. herbicolus (= A. deleoni) - 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. Some of New Zealand A. largoensis may have been A. herbicolus (Collyer, 1982).


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.

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.

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.

Ueckermann, E.A., and Loots, G.C. (1988) The African species of the subgenera Anthoseius De Leon and Amblyseius Berlese (Acari: Phytoseiidae). Entomology Memoir, Deparment of Agriculture and Water Supply, Republic of South Africa, South Africa, vol. 73, p. 168 p.

Zhang, Z.Q. (2001) A new record of Amblyseius deleoni (Acari: Phytoseiidae) in Samoa, and comparison to A. largoensis from New Zealand. Systematic and Applied Acarology 6: 109-110.

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