Record of prostigmatid predatory mites from Himachal Pradesh


  • CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Department of Entomology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, 176062, India


A survey was conducted to study the prostigmatid predatory mites in different agro climatic zones of Himachal Pradesh. Plant samples collected from agriculturally important crops showed presence of predatory mites belonging to five families and six genera. Eight species, viz., Agistemus sp. nr. edulis, A. industani Gonzalez-Rodriguez, A. javanicum Gupta, A. lakoocha Gupta, Pronematus sextoni Baker, Paraerythraeus delhiensis Khot, Tydeus gossabaensis Gupta and T. ornamentalicus Gupta was reported for the first time from Himachal Pradesh. Distribution of prostigmatid predatory mites revealed that they were more diverse in Zone-I and Zone-II, whereas in Zone-III and IV unrelated species were recorded. P. sextoni established as dominant (15.90) species in the entire collection followed by eleven species, which were sub-dominant, and Pronematus delhiensis was recorded as sub-recident (0.75).


Agistemus, Himachal Pradesh, predatory mites, prostigmatid

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