Presence of the broad mite, Polyphagoltrsonemus latus on pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.), In Chile

Patricia Larraín S.1, Lourdes Peralta A.2 y Carlos Quiroz E.1

Spots with a high density of the broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) were found on pepino piants in Pan de Azúcar, comuna of Coquimbo (Lat. 30º 02'S, Long. 71º 16' O Alt. 23 m.s.n.m.). This is the first report for the species in Chile. Some antecedents on the morphology, world distribution, biology and damage are given here.

Keywords: Polyphagotarsonemus latus, broad, mite, pepino, Solanum muricatum.
1 Estación Experimental Intihuasi (INIA), Casilla 36/B. La Serena, Chile.
2 Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, Casilla 27, Curico, Chile.