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Australia: NSW, Queensland, Victoria (Yoshida-Shaul and Chant, 1997; Walter, 1999); New Zealand: Auckland (Collyer, 1964).


P. acaridophagus seems to be a specialized predator of acarid mites. In New Zealand this species was first found on the underside of Rubus sp. leaves, feeding on an acarid mite (Collyer, 1964). Collyer (1966) subsequently found P. acaridophagus in several other North Island locations, always in association with the acarid mite Neotropacarus bakeri (Collyer). In Australia P. acaridophagus was found in the leaf domatium of Endiandra discolor, also in association with Neotropacarus sp., and on grey mangrove (Avicennia marina) (Walter, 1999).


Collyer, E. (1964) The occurrence of some mites of the Family Phytoseiidae in New Zealand, and descriptions of seven new species. Acarologia 6: 632-646.

Collyer, E. (1966) A description of the female Iphiseius acaridophagus Collyer (Acarina: Phytoseiidae) and of Tropacarus bakeri n. sp. (Acaridae) and their association together. New Zealand Entomologist 3: 11-17.

Walter, D.E. (1999) Review of Australian Asperoseius Chant, Euseius Wainstein, Okiseius Ehara and Phytoscutus Muma (Acari: Mesostigmata: Phytoseiidae) with a key to the genera of Australian Amblyseiinae and descriptions of two new species. Australian Journal of Entomology 38: 85-95.

Yoshida-Shaul, E. and Chant, D.A. (1997) A world review of the genus Phytoscutus Muma (Phytoseiidae: Acari). Acarologia 38: 219-238.

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