Red palm mite - Raoiella indica
Effective: April 2, 2013
Trombidiformes : Tenuipalpidae
Pest Code (NAPIS):
This pest is a member of the following lists:
These Approved Methods are appropriate for:
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Human and Animal Pathogens Transmitted:
Not known to transmit any human or animal pathogens.
Plant Pathogens and Organisms Vectored:
Not known to vector any pathogens or other associated organisms.
Key characters and diagnostic images can be found in Beard et al. (2012a) and Beard et al. (2012b). Kane and Ochoa (2006) provide descriptions and images of all life stages and can be found here.
The genus Raoiella contains several lesser known and poorly described species. Raoiella indica is distinguished from other species in this genus by the size of the dorsal setae (Rowley et al., 2007). This species is considered very distinctive and should not easily be confused with other mites when studied under high stereo magnification by an identifier familiar with mites.