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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Steneotarsonemus ananas (Acari: Tarsonemidae) a new pest on Neoregelia spp. (Bromeliaceae) in Costa Rica

item AGUILAR-PIEDRA, H. - Universidad De Costa Rica
item SOLANO G, ANA M. - Universidad De Costa Rica
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Acarologia
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/29/2021
Publication Date: 10/11/2021
Citation: Aguilar-Piedra, H., Solano G, A., Ochoa, R. 2021. Steneotarsonemus ananas (Acari: Tarsonemidae) a new pest on Neoregelia spp. (Bromeliaceae) in Costa Rica. Acarologia. 61(4):802-823.

Interpretive Summary: Tarsonemid mites include more than 40 genera, some cause damage to agricultural crops and ornamental plants, others are associated with insects, fungi, bacteria and soil. This article reports the pineapple tarsonemid mite affecting ornamental bromeliads for first time in Central America. This study will be important to plant protection officers, ecologists, entomologists, biologists and agriculture and ornamental producers.

Technical Abstract: The pineapple tarsonemid mite Steneotarsonemus ananas is reported to be associated with Neoregelia sp. (Bromeliaceae) in Costa Rica, for the first time. It is considered an important pest on this host because the mite damage to the plantlets considerably affects the esthetic quality of the product causing economic losses to the local growers. A description of the adult mites and the symptoms produced by their feeding are included.