First record on identification and population dynamics of the false spider mite Brevipalpus californicus (Banks), in lemon orchards in Lattakia governorate of Syria.
The objective of this research was to survey Tenuipalpidae species in three lemon orchards at different sites in Lattakia governorate, Syria, and to study the population dynamics of these mites during the period from April 2011 to March 2013. The results obtained confirmed the presence of Brevipalpus californicus (Banks) in all studied sites, and this is the first record of this species in Syria. This species was present on lemon trees all year round, however the density was very low during the summer season. The study also showed differences in population dynamics among different sites, and the densities of this species seemed to be negatively correlated with mean temperature.