A new metaculus species (Acari: Eriophyoidea) on Diplotaxis tenuifolia (Brassicaceae) from Serbia: A combined description using morphology and DNA barcode data

Biljana Vidovic, Tatjana Cvrkovic, Ivana Maric, Philipp E. Chetverikov, Massimo Cristofaro, Brian G. Rector, Radmila Petanovic

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A new species of eriophyoid mite, Metaculus diplotaxi n. sp. inhabiting Diplotaxis tenuifolia (L.) DC., is described from Serbia. To investigate interspecific variability between Metaculus spp. on three different Brassicaceae host plants (viz. D. tenuifolia, Lepidium latifolium (L.), Isatis tinctoria (L.)), we analyzed phenotypic variability of morphological traits and molecular sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (MT-CO1). Discriminant analysis identified seven traits that significantly differentiate three Metaculus spp: M. lepidifolii, M. rapistri, and M. diplotaxi n. sp. Analysis of MT-CO1 sequences supported the results obtained from the analysis of morphometric features.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922 - 931
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


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  • Insect Science

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