Phytoseiid Mite Fauna Associated with Major Vegetable Crops of Thrissur District, Kerala


  • Kerala Agricultural University, AINP on Agricultural Acarology, Department of Agricultural Entomology, College of Horticulture, Thrissur, Kerala, 680656, India
  • AINP on Agricultural Acarology, Department of Agricultural Entomology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India


A purposive survey was undertaken to explore the predatory mite fauna associated with the vegetable crops viz., amaranthus, brinjal, bittergourd, chilli, cowpea, coccinia, cucumber, snakegourd and snap melon from major vegetable growing tracts of Thrissur district, Kerala during 2014 - 2015. A total of 9 specoes of mites belonging to the family Phytoseiidae were identified. Faunal studies revealed highest diversity of mites on brinjal comprising nine species and the least diversity on bittergourd, chilli, cucumber, snap melon and snakegourd with four species each. Neoseiulus longispinosus Koch was recognised to be the predominant predatory mite species on all the vegetables. The other important phytoseiid predators recorded in the study include Amblyseius paraaerialis Muma, Amblyseius largoensis (Muma), Paraphytoseius orientalis Narayanan, Euseius macrospatulatus Gupta, Euseius sp. nr. prasadi, Typhlodromips syzygii Gupta, Phytoseius intermedius Evans and Scapulaseius sp.


Predatory Mite, Phytoseiidae, Amaranthus, Brinjal, Bhindi, Bittergourd, Chilli, Cowpea, Coccinia, Cucumber, Snakegourd, Snap Melon.

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