First report of Sporothrix fungorum de Hoog & de Vries as a pathogen of Aceria guerreronis Keifer, the coconut eriophyid mite.
During intensive surveys for the association of other unreported pathogens with the coconut mite, A. guerreronis, in the affected states in south India, a fungal pathogen was discovered affecting the adults (both male and female), nymphs and eggs of the mite in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in February 2000. The affected mites appeared moribund condition and hundred of mites were found entangled in fine silvery white mycelial strands. Based on cultural and morphological characterization, as well as pathogenicity tests, the fungus was identified as S. fungorum. This is claimed to be the first report of S. fungorum as a pathogen of A. guerreronis.