Tetranychus urticae

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Tetranychus urticae


Taxonavigation: Tetranychoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Subclassis: Acari
Superordo: Acariformes
Ordo: Trombidiformes
Subordo: Prostigmata
Cohort: Eleutherengona
Sectio: Raphignathae
Superfamilia: Tetranychoidea

Familia: Tetranychidae
Subfamilia: Tetranychinae
Tribus: Tetranychini
Genus: Tetranychus
Species: Tetranychus urticae


  • Tetranychus urticae Koch, 1835
  • Type locality: from Urtica dioica, Regensburg (Germany)
  • Neotype: BM, ♀ — Neotype designated by Boudreaux & Dosse (1963)



  • The naming of the species does not always follow ICZN rules. The actual date of publication is 1835 whatever the system used, the "Deutschlands Crustaceen, Myriapoden und Arachniden" issued by Koch himself or the "Faunae insectorum germanicae initia oder Deutschlands Insecten" published by Panzer, dates were checked by Sherborn (1923).
  • The naming "Tetranychus urticae, Koch 1836" is used by Boudreaux & Dosse (1963), placed on the "Official Lists and Indexes of Names and Works in Zoology" (1987: 851) and is very frequent (1780 hits in pdf vs 144 hits for 1835).


Primary references[edit]

  • Boudreaux, H.B. & Dosse, G. 1963. Request for Acarus telarius Linné, 1758, Trombidium tiliarium Joh. Hermann, 1804, Tetranychus urticae Koch, 1836, to be placed on the official list (Arachnida, Acarina). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 20: 363-366
  • Koch, C.L. 1835a. Deutschlands Crustaceen, Myriapoden und Arachniden. Heft 1. Regensburg, Herrich-Schäffer.
  • Koch, C.L. 1835b. Faunae insectorum germanicae initia oder Deutschlands Insecten, Heft 137. Regensburg, Herrich-Schäffer.
  • Sherborn, C.D. 1923. On the dates of C. L. Koch, 'Deutschlands Crustaceen, Myriapoden und Arachniden', 1835—44. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (9) 11 : 568.
  • ICZN. 1987. Official Lists and Indexes of Names and Works in Zoology. ICZN, London.

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Vernacular names[edit]

català: Aranya roja comuna
čeština: Sviluška chmelová
Deutsch: Gemeine Spinnmilbe
English: Two-spotted spider mite, red spider mite
suomi: Vihannespunkki
français: Araignée rouge
íslenska: Roðamaur
lietuvių: Paprastoji voratinklinė erkė
Bahasa Melayu: Hamama lelabah merah
Nederlands: Spint
polski: Przędziorek chmielowiec
русский: Обыкновенный паутинный клещ
中文: 二斑叶螨
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