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Abstract

First report of mites (Acari) occurring on orchids and lichens in West Bengal, India.

Abstract

This paper reports the occurrence of 15 species of mites under 10 families and 14 genera, all being new reports on their respective hosts from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. This included 7 species under 5 families on orchids, namely Cunaxa sp. nr. cynodonae (Dendrobium crepidatum), Tarsonemus sp. (Dendrobium farmeri), Erythraeus sp. (Lupsia aphyllum), Pronematus fleschneri (Dendrobium nobile), Brevipalpus phoenicis (Lupsia brachystachya), Brevipalpus obovatus (Dendrobium transparens) and Tenuipalpus sp. (Arundina graminifolia), and 8 species under 5 families from lichens, i.e. Cryptognathus sp., Neocunaxoides andrei, Cunaxoides sp. nr. croceus, Cheletogenes ornatus, Lasioseius terrestris, Tyrophagus putrescentiae, Caloglyphus oudemansi and Rhizoglyphus sp. The collection data and importance, if any, are also provided.