Rust mite Aceria anthocoptes, coloured SEM from the Agricultural Research Service.

Belongs within: Eriophyoidea.

Aceria is a large genus of over 800 species of eriophyid mite, some of which are serious pests of commercial crops. Many species cause the development of galls or erinea (open papillar masses) on their host plants. The citrus bud mite Aceria sheldoni feeds in buds and developing fruit, causing distortion of flowers, fruits and leaves. Aceria guerreronis is one of the most significant pests attacking coconuts, causing damage to floral bracts and premature dropping of fruit (Walter et al. 2009). The wheat curl mite A. tosichella is a vector for viruses on cereal crops. Conversely, the russet mite A. anthocoptes has been suggested as a biological control agent for the Canada thistle Cirsium arvense.

<==Aceria Keifer 1944 H98
    |--A. acacifloris Meyer 1990 H98
    |--A. acnisti F96
    |--A. acroptiloni WL09
    |--A. annonae OA96
    |--A. anthocoptes BC01
    |--A. artemisiae BC01
    |--A. australis Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. avicenniae Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. balasi SKR96
    |--A. bicornis BC01
    |--A. burnleya Keifer 1965 H98
    |--A. cajani WL09
    |--A. carmichaeliae Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. caulobius L91
    |--A. centaureae WL09
    |--A. chondrillae (Canestrini 1891) [=Phytoptus chondrillae, Eriophyes chondrillae] H98
    |--A. clianthi Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. cottieri Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. cynodoniensis Sayed 1946 [=Eriophyes cynodoniensis; incl. A. neocynodonis Keifer 1960, E. neocynodonis] H98
    |--A. dactylonyx SL71
    |    |--A. d. dactylonyx SL71
    |    `--A. d. titirangensis Lamb 1953 SL71
    |--A. dalbergiae G91
    |--A. diospyri Keifer 1944 [=Eriophyes diospyri] H98
    |--A. doctersi H07
    |--A. drabae WL09
    |--A. eleagnicola Farkas 1963 F63
    |--A. erinea (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tristriatus var. erineus, Eriophyes erineus] H98
    |--A. eriobotrya H07
    |--A. essigi (Hassam 1928) SL71
    |--A. falciformis Keifer 1969 H98
    |--A. ficus (Cotte 1920) [=Eriophyes ficus; incl. E. fici Essig 1926] H98
    |--A. galioba BC01
    |--A. genistae BC01
    |--A. ghanii CK01
    |--A. granati WL09
    |--A. guerreronis WL09
    |--A. healyi Manson 1970 SL71
    |--A. hippophaenus F63
    |--A. jasmini G91
    |--A. jovanivici BC01
    |--A. lantanae BC01
    |--A. litchii (Keifer 1943) [=Eriophyes litchii] H98
    |--A. lycopersici (Wolffenstein 1879) [=Phytoptus lycopersici, Eriophyes lycopersici] H98
    |--A. malherbae WL09
    |--A. mangiferae Sayed 1946 [=Eriophyes mangiferae] H98
    |--A. manukae Lamb 1951 SL71
    |--A. medicaginis (Keifer 1941) [=Eriophyes medicaginis] H98
    |--A. meliae BC01
    |--A. melicyti Lamb 1953 SL71
    |--A. mori G91
    |--A. neseri BC01
    |--A. odorata Conroy 1958 S69
    |--A. oleae WL09
    |--A. prostantherae Keifer 1959 [=Eriophyes prostantherae] H98
    |--A. purpurascencis Conroy 1958 S69
    |--A. puttarudriahi G91
    |--A. rubrifaciens Lamb 1953 SL71
    |--A. sacchari H07
    |--A. salviae BC01
    |--A. sheldoni (Ewing 1937) [=Eriophyes sheldoni] H98
    |--A. spartii BC01
    |--A. stefanii L91
    |--A. tenuis (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tenuis, Eriophyes tenuis] H98
    |--A. thessalonicae WL09
    |--A. tosichella Keifer 1969 [incl. A. tritici Shevtchenko et al. 1970] H98
    |--A. tristriatus (Nalepa 1891) [=Phytoptus tristriatus, Eriophyes tristriatus] H98
    |--A. tulipae (Keifer 1938) [=Eriophyes tulipae] H98
    |--A. victoriae Ramsay 1958 SL71
    |--A. vitalbae BC01
    `--A. waltheri (Keifer 1939) SL71

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BC01] Briese, D. T., & J. M. Cullen. 2001. The use and usefulness of mites in biological control of weeds. In: Halliday, R. B., D. E. Walter, H. C. Proctor, R. A. Norton & M. J. Colloff (eds) Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress pp. 453–463. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[CK01] Charanasri, V., & M. Kongchuensin. 2001. Species and population densities of mites on jujube. In: Halliday, R. B., D. E. Walter, H. C. Proctor, R. A. Norton & M. J. Colloff (eds) Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress pp. 419–422. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

[F63] Farkas, H. K. 1963. On the eriophyids from Hungary. IV. The description of new species (Acari, Eriophyidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 9 (3–4): 237–270.

[F96] Flechtmann, C. H. W. 1996. Effect of feeding by Aculops lycopersici (Massee) (Eriophyidae) on the mineral content of tomato plants of two varieties. In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 211–212. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[G91] Gupta, S. K. 1991. The mites of agricultural importance in India with remarks on their economic status. In: Dusbábek, F., & V. Bukva (eds) Modern Acarology: Proceedings of the VIII International Congress of Acarology, held in České Budĕjovice, Czechoslovakia, 6–11 August 1990 vol. 1 pp. 509–522. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

[H98] Halliday, R. B. 1998. Mites of Australia: A checklist and bibliography. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.

[H07] Ho, C.-C. 2007. Crop mite pests of southeast Asia and tropical far east. In: Morales-Malacara, J. B., V. M. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann, T. M. Pérez, E. G. Estrada-Venegas & M. Badii (eds) Acarology XI: Proceedings of the International Congress pp. 259–266. Instituto de Biología and Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología: México.

[L91] Lillo, E. de. 1991. Preliminary observations of ovoviviparity in the gall-forming mite, Aceria caulobius (Nal.) (Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae). In: Schuster, R., & P. W. Murphy (eds) The Acari: Reproduction, development and life-history strategies pp. 223–229. Chapman & Hall: London.

[OA96] Ochoa, R., H. Aguilar, G. Evans & C. Vargas. 1996. Knowledge of phytophagous mites (Prostigmata) of Central America. In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 181–184. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[SKR96] Sobhian, R., L. Knutson & J. S. Rodier. 1996. Biology and host specificity notes on Styphlus penicillus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), examined as a biological control agent for Crupina vulgaris in the United States with remarks on its host plant. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 98 (2): 317–323.

[S69] Steyskal, G. C. 1969. The mistreatment of the Latin genitive case in forming names of parasites. Systematic Zoology 18 (3): 339–342.

[WL09] Walter, D. E., E. E. Lindquist, I. M. Smith, D. R. Cook & G. W. Krantz. 2009. Order Trombidiformes. In: Krantz, G. W., & D. E. Walter (eds) A Manual of Acarology 3rd ed. pp. 233–420. Texas Tech University Press.

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