The mite fauna of Syrian agroecosystems is poorly known. Only 34 species belonging to five families have been reported to date. The study presented here was conducted in two abandoned citrus orchards in Latakia Governorate. The aim was to identify the mite species present and to clarify their ecological roles. A total of 46 identified species belonging to 19 families were found. Of these, 29 species are recorded for the first time from Syria. At least 27 species are considered predators of phytophagous mites and other microarthropods, while the others are phytophagous, frugivorous or storage mite species. Morphological remarks on some species and a checklist of all mite taxa reported from Syria are presented.
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