A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE PASTURE SNOUT MITE, BDELLODES LAPIDARIA (KRAMER) (ACARI: BDELLIDAE) AND THE LUCERNE FLEA, SMINTHURUS VIRIDIS (L.) (COLLEMBOLA: SMINTHURIDAE) IN TASMANIA

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Recent surveys of the distribution of the collembolan Sminthurus viridis and the predatory bdellid mite, Bdellodes lapidaria have shown that the mite is uncommon in that part of far north-west Tasmania where S. viridis is a pest. Possible factors limiting the mite's distribution in this region and its success as a biological control agent in Tasmania are discussed.

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