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N. barkeri is a cosmopolitan species, widespread on all continents - Africa; North and South America; Europe; Indo-Pacific; Australia: ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia; New Zealand; see Moraes et al. (2004) for the full list of locations.


There are no previously published records of Neoseiulus barkeri from New Zealand, but the species is extremely common in commercial glasshouses in the Auckland region - in 2006 it was found as wild populations on cut flowers (orchids, bromeliads, roses), and on vegetable crops (capsicum) (M. Minor, unpublished data). This species is also common in Australian collections, where it is designated as Neoseiulus masiaka (Schicha, 1987; Beard, 2001). Schicha (1987) and Beard (2001) record this species from peach, pear, apple, hops, and strawberry in Australia, as well from other low growing plants, grasses, leaf litter, grass cuttings and manure.

Ueckermann and Loots (1988) report to have had examined the type material for both N. masiaka and N. barkeri and concluded that the two species are identical. Chant and McMurtry (2003) also suspect that the two species are synonymous.


Beard, J.J. (2001) A review of Australian Neoseiulus Hughes and Typhlodromips de Leon (Acari: Phytoseiidae: Amblyseiinae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 15: 73-158.

Chant, D.A., and McMurtry, J.A. (2003) A review of the subfamily Amblyseiinae Muma (Acari: Phytoseiidae): Part I. Neoseiulini new tribe. International Journal of Acarology 29(1): 3-46.

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.

Ragusa, S., and Athias-Henriot, C. (1983) Observations on the genus Neoseiulus Hughes (Parasitiformes, Phytoseiidae). Redefinition. Composition. Geography. Description of two new species. Revue Suisse de Zoologie, Switzerland, 90(3): 657-678.

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.

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