Pneumolaelaps

Belongs within: Laelapidae. Pneumolaelaps is a genus of laelapid mites found in the nests of bumblebees (Evans & Till 1979). Breath of the hunter The mites of the family Laelapidae are an ecologically diverse bunch. The earliest members of the family were probably free-living micro-predators, a lifestyle many maintain to this day, but many laelapids… Continue reading Pneumolaelaps

Parasitus

Belongs within: Parasitidae. Parasitus is a diverse genus of soil-living predatory mites. Despite their name, they are not parasites; the name originated from a misinterpretation of the behaviour of the phoretic deuteronymphs. Species are characterised by differentiation of the dorsal setae z5 from j5 and j6, with z5 usually being stout and setose (Evans &… Continue reading Parasitus

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Haemogamasus

Belongs within: Laelapidae. Haemogamasus is a genus of nest-dwelling mites characterised by two or three denticles in each of the anterior rows of hypognathal denticles. Females have small, subovate metapodal shields and the opisthogenital shield is narrow (Evans & Till 1979). Members of the genus vary in habits from free-living scavengers to obligatory haematophages. <==Haemogamasus… Continue reading Haemogamasus

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Gamasina

Belongs within: Mesostigmata.Contains: Epicriidae, Zerconidae, Parasitidae, Eviphidoidea, Phytoseioidea, Ascidae, Ameroseiidae, Melicharidae, Rhodacaridae, Ologamasidae, Digamasellidae, Halolaelapidae, Veigaia, Gamasolaelaps, Spinturnicidae, Laelapidae, Dermanyssidae, Rhinonyssidae, Macronyssidae, Varroidae, Halarachnidae. The Gamasina are a major subdivision of the mesostigmatan mites including the majority of well-known species. In members of the subgroups Parasitidae and Dermanyssiae, the modified chelicerae of males bear specialised… Continue reading Gamasina

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Parasitidae

Belongs within: Gamasina.Contains: Pergamasus, Parasitus, Eugamasus. The Parasitidae are a group of free-living predatory mites (not, despite their name, parasites) that are primarily found in ground-level substrates where they feed on microarthropods and nematodes. Members of the Parasitidae are divided between the Pergamasinae, which are mostly found in stable soil, humus and moss habitats, and… Continue reading Parasitidae

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Pergamasus

Belongs within: Parasitidae. Pergamasus is a genus of predatory mites found primarily in stable habitats such as forest and grassland soils. They are among the most prominent predatory mites in Palaearctic soils, being replaced by the Rhodacaridae in tropical regions (Bhattacharyya 1963). Females of this genus have the peritrematic shield fused with the holodorsal shield… Continue reading Pergamasus

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Eviphidoidea

Belongs within: Gamasina.Contains: Pachylaelapidae, Leptolaelapidae, Macrochelidae, Parholaspididae. The Eviphidoidea are a group of primarily soil- and litter-dwelling predatory mites. Many species have become adapted to transient habitats such as dung and carrion through phoretic associations with flying insects for dispersal. Conversely, many species of the family Eviphididae are non-phoretic and found in more stable habitats… Continue reading Eviphidoidea

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Pachylaelapidae

Belongs within: Eviphidoidea. The Pachylaelapidae are a group of predatory mites found in soil habitats such as litter or animal nests; dispersal is often by means of phoresy in association with beetles. More distinctive members of the family include the genus Pseudolaelaps, females of which have a free metasternal shield, two ventral setae on genu… Continue reading Pachylaelapidae

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Macrochelidae

Belongs within: Eviphidoidea.Contains: Macrocheles. The Macrochelidae are a group of mites that are often predatory on nematodes. Many species are found in restricted substrates such as animal dung or nests, and disperse between habitat sites by phoresis on flying insects. Species of Macrocheles and Neopodocinum have been shown to exhibit varying degrees of specificity to… Continue reading Macrochelidae

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Leptolaelapidae

Belongs within: Eviphidoidea. The Leptolaelapidae are a group of predatory mites with a southern distribution, characterised by the presence in males of a spermatodactyl directed dorsally from the mobile digit of the chelicera (Karg 1991). <==Leptolaelapidae [Leptolaelapinae] |–Evansolaelaps Marais & Loots 1969K91 |–Cerambylaelaps Costa 1979K91 | `–*C. nadchatrami Costa 1978C78 |–Pulchraplaga caledoniaLKW09 |–Indutolaelaps squamosusLKW09 |–Australocheles… Continue reading Leptolaelapidae

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