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Book Review: Citrus Pests and Their Natural Enemies.

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Florida Entomologist
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  • Medicine

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Book Reviews 131 S MITH , D., G. A. C. B EATTIE , AND R. B ROADLEY (eds.). 1997. Citrus Pests and Their Natural Enemies. Integrated Pest Management in Australia. Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. xvi + 282 p. ISBN 0 7242 6695 X. Paper- back. Australian $75. The high quality of the cover photograph—eggs, nymphs, and adult of a spined cit- rus bug in beautiful color—immediately caught my eye. As I paged through the book, I realized it was just one of over 400 wonderful color photographs in this book on cit- rus pests and their natural enemies in Australia! The photographs are of unusually high quality and justify the price of the book. There is much more to admire about this book because it has several features that make it particularly useful, even to pest managers in other countries. The book includes descriptions of the biology and damage caused by over 100 cit- rus pests, a taxonomic key to the parasitic wasps of scales and mealybugs in Austra- lian citrus groves, a good index, and a list of relevant references. It begins with a glossary of terms, a brief introduction of the Australian citrus industry, a description of the citrus varieties grown, and the weather conditions in the major citrus growing regions. The book deals with tree diseases, insects, mites, nematodes, snails, and (even) a pest spider! Over 100 pest species are described, and their frequency is cate- gorized as “Major,” “Occasionally important,” or “Minor” in each of the growing regions using color-coded maps. I decided to focus on one section, describing the mite pests of citrus, to determine whether I could use the manual as intended. Citrus in Australia has several pest mites, including the brown citrus rust mite, Tegolophus australis . Photographs show all the life stages of the mite, with discrimi- nating characters to differentiate it from the citrus rust mite, Phyllocoptruta oleivora , also a pest

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