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Abacarus hystrix (cereal rust mite)

Wikipedia Abstract

Abacarus hystrix (cereal rust mite or grain rust mite) belongs to the family Eriophyidae. They are extremely small with adults measuring up to one millimeter in length and only have four legs at the front of the body. Viewing by the human eye requires, a 10 – 20X lens. The adult mites are usually yellow but also have been seen to be white or orange. The cereal rust mite was first found on Elymus repens (couch grass), a very common perennial grass species. It has now been found on more than 60 grass species including oats, barley, wheat and ryegrass, found in Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia. Mites migrate primarily through wind movement and are usually found on the highest basal sections of the top two leaf blades. Abacarus hystrix produces up to twenty overlapping generat
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Prey / Diet

Carex hostiana (host sedge)[1]
Dactylis glomerata (orchardgrass)[1]
Elymus repens (quackgrass)[1]
Hordeum vulgare (cereal barley)[2]
Leymus triticoides (creeping wildrye)[1]
Lolium arundinaceum (Tall Fescue)[1]
Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass)[1]
Oryza sativa (rice)[2]
Phleum pratense (common timothy)[1]
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)[1]
Triticum aestivum (common wheat)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Balanococcus poae3
Bryobia praetiosa (clover mite)1
Chorizococcus oreophilus1
Chryseococcus arecae1
Contarinia geniculati2
Eurycoccus antiscius2
Paprides nitidus1
Penthaleus major1
Petrobia latens1
Rhizoecus rumicis (Grassroot mealybug)1
Rhizoglyphus echinopus1
Sigaus australis1


New Zealand(Native);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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