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Abstract

First report of Raoiella indica Hirst (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) and its damage to coconut palms in Puerto Rico and Culebra Island.

Abstract

This is the first report of the occurrence of the red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst, and its damage in Puerto Rico and Culebra Island. Raoiella indica is a new invasive pest threatening ornamental palm, coconut, and banana plantations. The mite was observed in eastern Puerto Rico and on Culebra Island infesting and causing damage to coconut, Cocos nucifera L., and Veitchia merrillii L.