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Morphology, ontogeny, and intraspecific variability of the yew big bud mite, Cecidophyopsis psilaspis (Acari: Eriophyidae) 1998. Marshall, V.G.; Clayton, M.R.; Newsom, D.N. The Canadian Entomologist 130: 285-304.

Year: 1998

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 5035

Language: English

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All ontogenetic stases of the yew big bud mite, Cecidophyopsis psilaspis (Nalepa), from British Columbia were studied by scanning electron and light microscopy and were compared with an English population of this species. The species was redescribed from the two populations, which were found to be quite similar in general appearance and in most of the morphometric data analyzed. Spermatophores in this species are similar to those observed in other Eriophyoidea. Details of a male spermatophoric organ are described and illustrated for the first time in an eriophyoid mite. Moulting in C. psilaspis is shown to be prodehiscent. The data reported here neither support nor reject the alternative hypothesis that the first active stase is larval versus nymphal. However, to account for the ontogenetic evidence, the first active stase is herein considered larval.