Journal article

Competitive interactions between two pest species of earth mites, Halotydeus destructor and Penthaleus major (Acarina : Penthaleidae)

AR Weeks, AA Hoffmann

JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC ENTOMOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

Competition was investigated between two pest earth mite species, Penthaleus major Dugés and Halotydeus destructor Tucker, which occur sympatrically and are major pests of southern Australian pastures and crops. Three geographically separate pasture sites within Victoria were sampled monthly. Abundance patterns were similar across sites in that there was a marked increase in number of H. destructor in spring. Field competition plots were set up on pasture. In the first season, H. destructor had a negative effect on P. major but not vice versa. During the summer, diapause and ensuing generation, density-dependent (intraspecific) competition was evident in P. major but not in H. destructor. Th..

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