Tyrophagus putrescentiae

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Tyrophagus putrescentiae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Eric Erbe, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank, 1781) - (mould mite)

The mite is common on mouldy grains, dried meat, cheese and other food items in stores and houses, where it feeds on mould fungi (da Silva et al., 2019). It is further an important pest of edible mushrooms (Qu et al., 2015) and is sometimes called "mushroom mite". Apart from feeding on commercial mushroom cultures it contaminates the cultures with "weed fungi" (Okabe et al., 2001).

Synonyms:
Povelsenia neotropicus

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Modermilbe
• English: mould mite
ham mite
copra mite
mushroom mite
• Français: ciron des champignons


For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.