First detection of Raoiella indica in South Africa

Publication Date
Thu, 01 Sep 2016, 11:46
Last Updated
Feb. 26, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Report Number
ZAF-32/2
Country
South Africa
Pest Id
Raoiella indica - (RAOIIN)
Report Status
Preliminary
Hosts
Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera)
Pest Status
  • Unknown
Geographical Distribution
The specimen was detected in the Northern Cape Province near the town of Upington.
Summary

Red palm mite was detected on Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) leaves during routine surveys in February and March 2016. A leaf sample collected on 11 March 2016 had mites on it which were positively identified as Raoiella indica. This is the first time that this pest is detected in South Africa.

Danger
Date palm production in the Northern Cape Province.
Contact for info
Ms Muneiwa Ratshilingano Private bag x14 Gezina 0031 South Africa Email: MuneiwaR@daff.gov.za
Report files
first detection of Raoiella indica in South Africa
Issue keywords
Detection survey Pest
Commodity keywords
Fresh or dried dates

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