Acalitus essigi (Hassan) (Acarine: Eriophydae), feeding on cultivated and wild blackberries in Chile

Marcos Gerding P. 1

Acalitus essigi (Hassan) was determined in Chile in 1988, on cultivated and wild blackberries. The damaged fruit is refered to as red-berry disease and it is a potential pest for cultivated black berries in Chile. Notes on the damage, habits and host plants found in Chile, are given in the present article.

Keywords: Acalitus essigi, Eriophidae, blackberries.
1 Estación Experimental Quilamapu, Casilla 426. Chillán. Chile.