Phytoseiidae of Taiwan (Acari: Mesostigmata)

Jhih-Rong Liao, Chyi-Chen Ho, Hsiao-Chin Lee, Chiun-Cheng Ko

  • PublishedOctober, 2020
  • Binding精裝 / 26*19 / 552pages / 部分彩色 / 英文
  • Publisher國立臺灣大學出版中心
  • SeriesEducation-Textbooks
  • ISBN978-986-350-408-5
  • GPN1010901118
  • Price NT$4200
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The Phytoseiidae are among the best-known mite families, with more than 2,700 recorded species worldwide. Some of those phytoseiids are used as biocontrol agents to fight agricultural pests. But in order to study their potential, it has become urgent to first establish a reliable taxonomy of Phytoseiidae. This book presents a general review of the classification and external morphology of the family Phytoseiidae in Taiwan and neighboring islands. Between 2009 and 2019, more than 20,000 specimens were gathered over the course of 2,500 collections. This book focuses on 64 species belonging to three subfamilies and fourteen genera, among which are five novel species and eight newly-recorded species; it provides their descriptions and illustrations, as well as information on their habitat plants and food habits.
植綏蟎科(捕植蟎)是最有名的蟎類之一,全世界已經紀錄了超過 2,700 種,部分種類是小型農業害蟎(蟲)的天敵。然而為了研究其生物防治潛力,可靠的分類研究即成為急迫要進行的事。本書提供一針對臺灣產植綏蟎科完整的分類研究與其外部形態的回顧,自 2009 年至 2019 年,調查超過 2,500 筆採集紀錄,20,000 筆標本。本書包含了植綏蟎科,3亞科、14 屬、64 種,並包含先前已發表的 5 新種與 8 新紀錄種;針對所有物種提供完整重新描述與繪圖,並提供其棲息植物與其食性。
Jhih-Rong Liao (廖治榮)
Dr. Jhih-Rong Liao is a post-doctoral fellow at National Taiwan University, Taiwan, who has a deep interest in mite taxonomy (Phytoseiidae) and the identification of mites using artificial intelligence. Liao fell in love with Acarology when he was first introduced to the study of these beautiful creatures, back in 2008. Upon learning about the high demand for mite experts in Taiwan, he started to dedicate himself to the taxonomy of Phytoseiidae, He already published various numbers of papers (18 full-text) in international SCI-E journals during his Ph.D. In these papers, he described 5 new phytoseiid species and re-described 5 new records from Taiwan. Besides, he also described 11 new oribatid species and re-described 66 new records from Taiwan. His life-long goal is to educate the public on mites, contribute to fundamental research (e.g. mite identification) for plant protection, and just keep studying those fascinating animals for the rest of his life.
廖治榮博士現職為國立臺灣大學博士後研究員,針對蟎類分類學(植綏蟎科) 研究,與應用人工智慧鑑定蟎類有極大之興趣。廖博士最早對於此種微為小動物的興趣可以追溯到2008年仍就讀大學階段,爾後他發現我國對於蟎類專家有極大的需求,廖博士便開始投身於植綏蟎科分類學研究,迄今逾十年。截至目前為止,他共發表16篇SCI期刊報告,其中6篇為第一作者,並發表5新種與 5種新紀錄種植綏蟎,同時也發表11新種與66新紀錄種甲蟎。廖博士的終身志願是希望能將此種小型生物介紹給大眾,同時對於基礎性的研究(如蟎類鑑定)與植物保護提供貢獻,並在未來繼續的研究此種迷人的小生物。
Chyi-Chen Ho (何琦琛)
Dr. Chyi-Chen Ho is a retired researcher of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, and an adjunct associate professor at National Chung Hsing University and National Chiayi University. He has studied mites for 40 years, and began to focus on mite taxonomy recently, including Tetranychidae, Phytoseiidae, Tarsonemidae, Acaridae, Digamasellidae, etc. He introduced Liao to the beautiful world of mites in 2008, and has taught him everything about those critters.
Hsiao-Chin Lee (李曉芹)
Hsiao-Chin Lee received her master’s degree from the Department of Entomology of National Taiwan University. She studied the intraspecific variation of Neoseiulus barkeri as a graduate student. The contributions she made to this book include field collection, drawings, and corrections.
Chiun-Cheng Ko (柯俊成)
Dr. Chiun-Cheng Ko is a professor in the Department of Entomology of National Taiwan University. For the past 30 years, his focus has been small insect taxonomy, especially whiteflies (Aleyrodidae). He also has a keen interest in the use of molecular identification to tackle the issue of the Bemisia tabaci species complex.
The Authors
Historical Overview
Neighboring Countries
Review of Setal Chaetotaxy Research in Phytoseiidae
Review of Biological Control in Taiwan
Materials and Methods
Collecting Specimens and Preparing Mounted Slides
Biodiversity of Phytoseiid Mites from Taiwan
The Mystery of Tseng’s Specimens
Additional Characteristics in Phytoseiidae Taxonomy
Potential Predator Species
Mite Slide Preparation
Appendix I. Comparison of Different Setal Nomenclature Systems
Appendix II. Collection Data from Yi-Hsiung Tseng
Appendix III. Habitat Plant List of Phytoseiidae from Taiwan
Index to Taxa
Jhih-Rong Liao
My passion for mites can be traced back to 2006, the first time I saw mites: at the time, I could not recognize those eight-legged creatures and just called them spiders. Later, I took a course in Acarology when I was a junior. I got good grades in that class and, more importantly, learned to appreciate the beauty of mites. My academic performance until then was rather poor, and Entomology not quite my cup of tea. But discovering the secrets of mites took my life in a new direction: my mission became to tell people about those mysterious, fascinating creatures. 
When I was a graduate student, my advisor Dr. Chiun-Cheng Ko encouraged me to study mites associated with agriculture, in order to develop a type of plant protection based around them. I found that Phytoseiidae of Taiwan had already been studied in the past, with Yi-Hsiung Tseng having recorded 48 species. All of Tseng’s specimens, however, went missing after his retirement. Therefore, I chose to dedicate my life to studying phytoseiid mites, in the hope of finding among them the native natural enemies of the Tetranychidae, the spider mite pests causing substantial damage to Taiwanese agriculture.
I finished my master’s thesis two years later, and began my military service. It was during that year spent in the navy, trying to figure out my lifetime career goal while on the Pacific Ocean, that I realized mites were my life mission. I therefore went back to NTU to work towards my Ph.D. degree. However, life is not all roses: it took me three attempts to pass the doctoral entrance examination, and I had to drop out of school at one point, after failing the qualifying test. Nevertheless, I was able to finish my degree, thanks to the support of all my family and friends.
I have now published several research articles regarding new or newly-recorded phytoseiid mites in Taiwan. Reporting the Phytoseiidae fauna of Taiwan felt like a responsibility to me. This book contains the currently-recorded phytoseiid mites of Taiwan and neighboring islands, totaling 64 species. I made a small wish to myself that one day I would compile everything we learned and publish a comprehensive list of Taiwanese phytoseiids, so that researchers worldwide can have access to this information about Taiwan. I hope this book will not only contribute to the knowledge of phytoseiid mite biodiversity, but also provide a framework for future biological control use of these predatory mites.