Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aculops fuchsiae

Aculops fuchsiae Keifer, 1972

fuchsia gall mite

on Fuchsia

Aculops fuchsiae gall on Fuchsia

Fuchsia, gall (from Ostojá-Starzewski ao).


the leaves, especially near the tip of the shoots, are reddish discoloured, swollen, and disfigured shell-like, the internodes are strongly shortened.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Fuchsia arborescens, denticulata, gehringeri, macrophylla, microphylla, magellanica, procumbens, thymifolia.

On, for instance F. aborrescens, microphylla, thymifoliathe mite may have viable population without causing serious malformations.


Originally a South African species, in North America and Europe since about 1980 a serious pest in floriculture, especially in glasshouses.


CABI (2014), Leach (2008a), Navia, Ochoa, Welbourn ao (2010a), Ostojá-Starzewski, Eyre, Cannon & Bartlett (2007a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Salisbury, Ostojá-Starzewski & Halstead (2014a).

Last modified 21.ix.2019