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A preliminary report of some stored food product mites of district Sangrur (Punjab), India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Zoology and Environmental Science, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India
  • 2Dept. of Zoology and Environmental Science, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (9), Pages 18-20, September,10 (2018)


Mites are ubiquitous in distribution and are reported to be present almost in all the habitats. A great number of stored grains, dried fruits, various farinaceous products and stored food are often attacked by various types of mites. A faunistic survey of mites was conducted in many stored food product stores during one year study period, in Punjab. A total of 60 samples of different stored food products i.e. pulses, stored grains were taken for study. Approximately 63.33% (38 samples) of the samples contained mites and 13 mite taxa were identified, belonging to 7 families in 3orders. Six species, namely, Acarussiro, A. immobilis, Tyrophagusputrescentiae and Glycyphus destructor, were abundant in numbers. Glycyphus-destructor, Tyrophagusputrescentiae and Acarussiro were dominant or intermediate in all stored food products examined. Cheyletusmalaccensis was the most common predatory mite. The highest percentage of infestation was recorded in the samples from stored food products of Dirba region.


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