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Abstract

Effectiveness of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) (Acarina: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in northwestern Tasmania.

Abstract

Autumn populations of the clover pest Sminthurus viridis have been reduced by about 95% to non-damaging levels in north-western Tasmania by adding the introduced predator Neomolgus capillatus to the established predator complex. Low activity of N. capillatus in early spring reduced its ability to control S. viridis later in spring. The possible use of an additional predator, the mite Anystis wallacei, that could improve control of spring populations of the pest is discussed.