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Tetranychus truncatus



Tetranychus truncatus


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  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Tetranychus truncatus
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Chelicerata
  •         Class: Arachnida

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T. truncatus adults ca 500 µm long.
TitleAdult male
CaptionT. truncatus adults ca 500 µm long.
CopyrightNatural History Museum, London
T. truncatus adults ca 500 µm long.
Adult maleT. truncatus adults ca 500 µm long.Natural History Museum, London


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Tetranychus truncatus Ehara

EPPO code

  • TETRTC (Tetranychus truncatus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Chelicerata
  •                 Class: Arachnida
  •                     Subclass: Acari
  •                         Superorder: Acariformes
  •                             Suborder: Prostigmata
  •                                 Family: Tetranychidae
  •                                     Genus: Tetranychus
  •                                         Species: Tetranychus truncatus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


ChinaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-AnhuiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-FujianPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-GansuPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-GuangdongPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-GuangxiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-HainanPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-HebeiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-HenanPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Cao et al., 1993
-HubeiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-JiangsuPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-JiangxiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Huang and Kuang, 1992
-NingxiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Cao et al., 1993
-ShaanxiPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-ShandongPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-SichuanPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
-ZhejiangPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
IndiaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-KarnatakaPresentSrinivasa et al., 2012
IranPresentNamaghi, 2010
JapanPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Jeppson et al., 1975
Korea, Republic ofPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998
MalaysiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; APPPC, 1987
PhilippinesPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Jeppson et al., 1975
TaiwanPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Tseng, 1990
ThailandPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998; Waterhouse, 1993
VietnamPresentHinomoto et al., 2007


GuamPresentCABI/EPPO, 1998

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / abnormal forms
Leaves / necrotic areas
Leaves / webbing

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Amblyseius largoensis Predator Adults/Eggs/Larvae/Nymphs
Amblyseius pseudolongispinosus Predator Adults/Nymphs
Arthrocnodax occidentalis Predator
Euseius ovalis Predator Adults/Eggs/Larvae/Nymphs
Neoseiulus longispinosus Predator Adults/Eggs/Larvae/Nymphs
Oligota oviformis Predator
Stethorus hirashimai Predator
Stethorus loi Predator Adults/Nymphs
Stethorus punctillum Predator


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APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

Cao Y; Liu ML; Wang MN, 1993. Evaluation on the resistance of cotton spider mites to three insecticides. Plant Protection, 19(2):12-14

Chao SRS; Lo PKC, 1974. Biological studies of the spider mite, Tetranychus truncatus and its natural enemies. Journal of Taiwan Agricultural Research, 23(2):126-135

Chen XY; Zhou ZY; Li-JH, 1996. Study on the bionomics and control of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara. Scientia Silvae Sinicae, 32:144-149.

Chen ZJ; Zhang SL; Zhang MR; Zhang X, 1999. On the bionomics and ecological control tactics of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara in corn fields in Shaanxi province. Acta Phytophylacica Sinica, 26:7-12.

Dong HF, 1990. Control effect of the enhanced Liuyangmycin on leaf spider mites and its influence on the beneficial phytoseiid predators. Chinese Journal of Biological Control, 6(3):97-101

Fan LQ; Lu LS; Jin DY, 2000. Effects of temperature and photoperiod on the development of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara. Plant-Protection, 26:14-16.

Gao ZR; Qiu F; Li QS, 1990. Study on the infestation of spider mites Tetranychus spp. on cotton and their economic threshold. Acta Phytophylacica Sinica, 17(4):331-336.

Hinomoto N; Dinh Pha Tran; Anh Tuan Pham; Thi Bao Ngoc Le; Tajima R; Ohashi K; Osakabe M; Takafuji A, 2007. Identification of spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae) by DNA sequences: a case study in northern Vietnam. International Journal of Acarology, 33(1):53-60.

Huang RH; Kuang HY, 1992. Effects of temperature on the development and reproduction of Tetranychus truncatus. Acta Phytophylacica Sinica, 19(1):17-21; 5 ref.

Jeppson LR; Keifer HH; Baker EW, 1975. Mites Injurious to Economic Plants. Berkeley, USA: University of California Press.

Kuang HY, 1986. Agricultural Acarology. Beijing, China: Agriculture Press.

Li XJ; Win XJ; Sun SX, 1998. The biological characteristics of truncated mite, and its control in jujube trees. China Fruits, 4:11-14.

Namaghi HS, 2010. Mites (Acari: Prostigmata & Mesostigmata) inhabiting green plantings in urban environment of north-eastern Iran, including six new records. Munis Entomology & Zoology, 5(1):123-130.

Srinivasa N; Gowda CC; Mallik B; Raghavendra P, 2012. New record of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara (Acari: Tetranychidae) as a potential pest from Karnataka. Indian Journal of Entomology, 74(4):379-383.

Tseng YH, 1990. A monograph of the mite family Tetranychidae (Acarina: Trombidiformes) from Taiwan. Taiwan Museum Special Publications Series, No.9,1-224.

Waterhouse DF, 1993. The Major Arthropod Pests and Weeds of Agriculture in Southeast Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 21. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 141 pp.

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