Tyrophagus putrescentiae Schrank Mould mite

This small (0.3-0.5mm long), translucent, relatively slender-bodied mite is often reported infesting mouldy plant material, including laboratory plant tissue cultures on agar plates. The mites, along with other species of Tyrophagus (and certain related genera: e.g. Caloglyphus) also occur in mushroom beds. They often form pits in the mushroom stipes and caps, and may also hollow-out the tissue within the developing buttons; damaged areas usually become further broken down and moist, following associated bacterial decomposition (cf. pits formed by gunpowder-mites, Hypogastrura spp., p. 87).

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