The effectiveness of bdellodes lapidaria acari bdellidae as a predator of sminthurus viridis collembola sminthuridae in northwest tasmania australia
Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 23(3): 185-191
Population studies at 3 sites in northwest Tasmania failed to indicate any significant predator-prey relationship between the predatory pasture snout mite, B. lapidaria and the lucerne flea S. viridis or other surface-active Collembola. These findings are at variance with results obtained from previous work in Western Australia and South Africa. The effect of climatic factors and an abundance of alternative prey species on the performance of B. lapidaria is discussed.