Aculus tetanothrix

Willow Bead Gall Mite

Aculus tetanothrix
Aculus tetanothrix
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Aculus tetanothrix is a species of mite which causes galls on the leaves of willows (Salix species). It was first described by Alfred Nalepa in 1889.

Willow Bead Gall Mite

Aculus tetanothrix

Is Willow Bead Gall Mite harmful?

There is no data about harmful of this species. Don't forget to be careful.

Sientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Endeostigmata
Family: Eriophyidae
Genus: Aculus

Description of the gall

The gall is a green or reddish, rounded pouch or pustule on the upperside of a leaf, which also protrudes on the lower surface of the leaf. There is a slit-like opening on the underside of the leaf which, when mature, is hairy inside but the hairs do not protrude outside of the gall. Many mites can be seen within the opening. The galls are found on white willow (S. alba), eared willow (S. aurita), grey willow (S. cinerea), S. eriocephala, crack willow (S. fragilis), S. integra, bay willow (S. pentandra), purple willow (S. purpurea), Sitka willow (S. sitchensis), S. smithiana, almond willow (S. triandra) and common ossier (S. viminalis''). It is possible that A. tetanothrix is one of a number of closely related species, and the galls on S. alba could be caused by A. salicisalbae. - Similar species


Aculus tetanothrix has been recorded from Germany, Slovenia, Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the USA.