A deleterious diptilomiopid mite (Acari: Eriophyoidea): host plant relationship


  • Carlos H. W. Flechtmann Departamento de Entomologia e Acarologia, Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”, Universidade de São Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7745-8544
  • Elias S. Figueiredo Laboratório de Acarologia, Centro Avançado de Pesquisa em Proteção de Plantas, Instituto Biológico, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3933-2953




Capsicum chinense, Diptilomiopidae, geographical distribution, Rhynacus, Solanaceae


A case where a diptilomiopid eriophyoid mite kills its host plant is reported. Rhynacus acerioides Flechtmann, 2014 is recorded for the first time in Brazil. A key to species of the genus is provided.


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How to Cite

Flechtmann, C. H. W., & Figueiredo, E. S. (2020). A deleterious diptilomiopid mite (Acari: Eriophyoidea): host plant relationship. Entomological Communications, 2, ec02010. https://doi.org/10.37486/2675-1305.ec02010



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