Catface symptoms most commonly occur at the blossom end of the fruit but it can also occur on the side of the fruit. The cause of catface in unknown, but there may be several factors causing fruit deformation.
Catface is possibly caused by internal or external changes that occurs during the formation of the flower resulting in the abnormal development of the fruit.
A fruit with severe blossom end catface symptom and scar formation. Fruits are non-marketable and can cause significant yield losses in some situations.
The fruits affected by catface have large or small scars on fruits that can be seen on green and ripe fruits. Rapid variations in temperatures and hard pruning are conditions that can favor catface.
A fruit with catface on the side of the fruit and zippering symptom. Catfaced fruits can be misshapen or small and can be affected by saprophytic pathogens.