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Species Polyphagotarsonemus latus - Broad Mite

Polyphagotarsonemus latus - female broad mite - Polyphagotarsonemus latus broad mite - Polyphagotarsonemus latus broad mite - Polyphagotarsonemus latus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Acariformes
Order Trombidiformes
Suborder Prostigmata (Prostigs)
Infraorder Eleutherengona
No Taxon (Heterostigmata)
Superfamily Tarsonemoidea
Family Tarsonemidae
Genus Polyphagotarsonemus
Species latus (Broad Mite)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tarsonemus latus (Banks 1904)
Female:0.2 mm. Male: 0.11mm
Cosmopolitan, possibly introduced. Considered invasive in this country. (Capinera, John L. North American Vegetable Pests. The Pattern of Invasion. American Entomologist. Spring 2002)
Many fruit and vegetable crops including bittermelon, Chinese waxgourd, chiso, chrysanthemum, cucumber, edible gourds, eggplant, green beans, guava, hyotan, macadamia, mango, papaya, passion fruit, pepper, pikake, plumeria, poha (ground cherry), pumpkin, tomato, watercress, winged bean, and yardlong beans.
Life Cycle
From egg to adult: 4 to 6 days.
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