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Toshiharu Mita Last modified date:2023.11.27

Assistant Professor / Agricultural Bioresource Sciences
Department of Bioresource Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture

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Academic Degree
Ph.D (Agriculture)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
My major research interest is on taxonomy and genetic diversity of parasitic wasps in agro-ecosystem. Primarily Dryinidae.
Research Interests
  • Diversity of Chrysidoidea
    keyword : Insect taxonomy, natural enemy
Academic Activities
1. Hirota Tetsuya, Mita Toshiharu, Role of host vibration and cuticular hydrocarbons in host location and recognition by Haplogonatopus oratorius (Hymenoptera: Dryinidae), Applied entomology and zoology, 56, 1, 107-113, 2021.02, クロハラカマバチによる宿主の位置と認識を評価するために、ヒメトビウンカが放出する揮発性物質,振動信号,およびクチクラ表面の炭化水素(CHC)に対する雌のスズメバチの行動反応を調べた。クロハラカマバチは、宿主や植物の揮発性物質には反応を示さなかったが、ウンカが雌雄のコミュニケーションに用いる寄主を介した振動と宿主のCHCには強く誘引された。これらの結果から、クロハラカマバチにとって,寄主のCHCと振動信号は、適切な資源を識別するための重要な手掛かりであることを示唆していると考えられる。.
2. Toshiharu Mita, Paolo Rosa, Redescription of Chrysidea pumiloides Zimmermann, 1956, and description of three new species of Chrysidea from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae), EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TAXONOMY, 10.5852/ejt.2019.564, 564, 564, 1-20, 2019.10, Chrysidea pumiloides Zimmermann, 1956 and its Malagasy allies are taxonomically revised. As a result, C. pumiloides and C. phoebe Zimmermann, 1956 are redescribed; two new species, C. vazimba sp. nov. and C. merina sp. nov., are described from museum collections, and another new species, C. rioae sp. nov., is described based on a male recently collected in Southern Madagascar, at Berenty Reserve. The habitus of the holotypes and the male genitalia are illustrated and the key to Malagasy Chrysidea Bischoff, 1913 is updated..
3. Toshiharu Mita, Massimo Olmi, Taxonomic additions of Embolemidae and Sclerogibbidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from Japan, with description of a new species of Trogloembolemus, ZOOTAXA, 10.11646/zootaxa.4497.4.8, 4497, 4, 586-592, 2018.10, Ampulicomorpha thauma Rasnitsyn & Matveev (Hymenoptera: Embolemidae) and Sclerogibba rossi Olmi (Hymenoptera: Sclerogibbidae) were newly recorded from Japan. Females of Embolemus walkeri Westwood were found in the soil together with nymphs of Cixiidae. Trogloembolemus okanoi sp. nov. is described and illustrated. The holotype female was collected in the soil at a depth of one meter. A key to species of Japanese Embolemidae was updated..
4. Toshiharu Mita, Hiroshi Nagano, Massimo Olmi, Dryinidae and Embolemidae (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea) from Anijima, Ogasawara Islands, Japan, ZOOTAXA, 10.11646/zootaxa.4323.2.7, 4323, 2, 239-249, 2017.09, The fauna of Dryinidae and Embolemidae from Anijima in Ogasawara Islands, Japan is surveyed. Five species of Dryinidae and one of Embolemidae. Gonatopus adelphos Mita & Olmi, sp. nov. and Ampulicomorpha viator Mita & Olmi, sp. nov. are described and illustrated. Gonatopus tambiniae (Esaki & Hashimoto) is recorded for the first time from Anijima. Anteon achterbergi Olmi, Gonatopus nigricans (R. Perkins) are recorded for the first time from Ogasawara Islands. The male of Dryinus sinicus Olmi is described for the first time. Gonatopus hagoromo Terayama & Ohbayashi is considered junior synonymous of Gonatopus tambiniae (Esaki & Hashimoto)..
5. Massimo Olmi, Toshiharu Mita, Adalgisa Guglielmino, Revision of the Embolemidae of Japan (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea), with description of a new genus and two new species, ZOOTAXA, 10.11646/zootaxa.3793.4.2, 3793, 4, 423-440, 2014.05, Seven species of Embolemidae are recognized in Japan. They belong to two genera: Embolemus Westwood 1833 and Trogloembolemus Olmi, Mita et Guglielmino, gen. nov. (type species T. fujiei Olmi, Mita et Guglielmino, sp. nov.) Embolemus honshuensis Olmi, Mita et Guglielmino, sp. nov. (Japan, Honshu) and Trogloembolemus fujiei Olmi, Mita & Guglielmino, sp. nov. (Japan, Honshu) are described and figured. A key to the genera and species of Japan is presented. Trogloembolemus fujiei sp. nov., collected in the soil at a depth of two metres and almost blind, is the first species of Embolemidae with troglobitic habitus..
1. Toshiharu Mita, The impact of host dispersal on the genetic diversity of parasitoid wasps, The 5th International Entomophagous Insects Conference, 2017.10, [URL].
Membership in Academic Society
  • The Association for Plant Protection of Kyushu
  • The Ecological Society of Japan
  • International Society of Hymenopterists
  • Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology
  • Japanese Society of Systematic Entomology
  • The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
  • The Entomological Society of Japan