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Abstract

New wild host of Brevipalpus californicus Banks in northeastern Mexico.

Abstract

This paper reports a new host association between Casimiroa pubescens and B. californicus in Tamaulipas state, northeastern Mexico. Populations of C. pubescens also known as "chapotillo" were observed in the semiarid highlands of Sierra Madre Oriental. A total of 67 leaves of this plant were collected in October 2015 on the road between the municipal capitals of Miquihuana and Bustamante. Leaves of C. pubescens injured by mites were observed with a 30 × loupe. Approximately 21 mites were collected and identified as B. californicus based on morphological characteristics. Findings in wild areas could indicate reservoirs of natural enemies, as well as new ecological data on this pest in northeastern Mexico.