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Research Project: Systematics of Acari and Hemiptera: Plant Pests, Predators, and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Report of Tuckerella pavoniformis (Acari: Tuckerellidae) on mamey, Mammea americana (Calophyllaceae), in northwestern Peru

item ESCOBAR-GARCIA, HECTOR - Universidad Nacional De Piura
item BEARD, J. - University Of Maryland
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Insects
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/12/2022
Publication Date: 5/18/2022
Citation: Escobar-Garcia, H.A., Beard, J.J., Ochoa, R. 2022. Report of Tuckerella pavoniformis (Acari: Tuckerellidae) on mamey, Mammea americana (Calophyllaceae), in northwestern Peru. Insects. 13(473):1-10.

Interpretive Summary: Peacock mites are an emerging new pest on fruit trees. Its control is currently difficult and the study of their damage is in the early stages. Previously Tuckerella was known as a pest of only two commercial tree varieties. Based on new studies we are finding them associated several economically important trees for the Americas. This article reports the finding of a peacock mite species in Peru affecting an American native tree. The distribution and description of the damage were included to help with the understanding of this emerging invasive species on mamey. This study will be important to plant protection officers, extension workers, agriculture programs, scientists, quarantine officers, entomologists and fruit tree growers.

Technical Abstract: Tuckerella pavoniformis (Ewing) (Acari: Tuckerellidae) was found to be solidly associated with the tropical fruit mamey, Mammea americana L. (Calophyllaceae), in northwestern Peru. The highest T. pavoniformis population density was located on the epicarps of fruits. The localized commercialization of this fruit could play an important role in the spread of this mite within Peru.