Phytophagous mites associated with temperate and sub-tropical fruit trees in Himachal Pradesh.
A field survey was carried out during 1999-2001 to record the distribution of mite species on fruit trees in 9 districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. Eleven species of phytophagous mites were recorded on fruit trees in temperate and sub-tropical regions of the state, namely Panonychus ulmi, P. citri, Tetranychus urticae, T. ludeni, Eutetranychus orientalis, Bryobia rubrioculus, Tenuipalpus granati, Brevipalpus californicus, B. phoenicis, Aceria litchii and Aculus malus. Bryobia rubrioculus was collected for the first time from India while Tenuipalpus granati, Brevipalpus californicus and Aculus malus were reported for the first time from Himachal Pradesh. The host range and distribution of all the species are discussed.