oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Hemitarsonemus latus (Banks) (Acarina), a mite of economic importance new to South Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The damage caused by the broad mite, or dahlia mite, as it is known locally, was first noticed many years ago in Durban by Dr. A. P. D. McClean, Mycologist in charge of the Natal Herbarium, on account of its similarity to a virus disease which he was studying. He felt convinced that the pathological symptoms associated with the presence of the mites on the plants concerned were due to them, and in April 1939 suggested to the writer that he should make a study of them.

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