Rhinoseius females collected phoretic on hummingbirds, from Ramos et al. (2019).

Belongs within: Gamasina.
Contains: Proctolaelaps (Proctolaelaps).

The Melicharidae are an ecologically diverse group of mesostigmatan mites, including predatory, fungivorous and flower-feedings species. The predatory species Melichares agilis and Proctolaelaps pomorum are cosmopolitan in cultivated soil and stored foods, feeding on eggs and immatures of acarid mites. Members of the genus Mycolaelaps have elongate bodies and live in the pore tubes of bracket fungi (Lindquist et al. 2009).

Characters (from Lindquist et al. 2009): Deutonymphs and adults with dorsal shield setae J1 present; fixed cheliceral digit with pilus dentilis modified to a hyaline flap; movable cheliceral digit usually with a pointed process (mucro) on its mid-ventral face; peritrematic shield of adults free posteriorly from, or narrowly attached to, exopodal plate beside coxa IV; female with laelapid-type sperm access system, lacking a sclerotized spermathecal calyx and associated minor duct, epigynal shield gently rounded posteriorly, third pair of sternal poroids off sternal shield and associated with sternal setae st4, usually with an oval or elliptical anal shield bearing only the three anal setae (or rarely expanded to capture the nearest pair of opisthogastric setae); male with endopodal strips beside coxae III–IV fully integrated with sternitigenital shield.

<==Melicharidae [Melicharini]LKW09
    |--Mycolaelaps maxinaeLKW09
    |--Xanthippe clavisetosaCN99
    |--Mucroseius Lindquist 1962FH93
    |    |--*M. monochami Lindquist 1962LW91 [=Melichares monochamiFH93]
    |    |--M. aciculatus (Ishikawa 1968) [=Proctolaelaps aciculatus]LW91
    |    |--M. algonquian Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |    |--M. californicus Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |    |--M. disparisetus Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |    |--M. mexicanus Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |    |--M. nipponensis Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |    `--M. squamosus Lindquist & Wu 1991LW91
    |--Tropicoseius Baker & Yunker 1964LKW09, FH93
    |    |--T. braziliensisCN99
    |    |--T. colwelliCN99
    |    |--T. fuentesiLKW09
    |    `--T. wetmorei Baker & Yunker 1964LKW09, FH93 [=Rhinoseius wetmoreiFH93]
    |--Melichares Hering 1838 [incl. Garmania Nesbitt 1951, Orolaelaps De Leon 1963]FH93
    |    |--*M. agilis Hering 1838ET79 [incl. Typhlodromus domesticus Oudemans 1929FH93, *Garmania domesticaE57]
    |    |--M. bombophila (Westerboer in Stammer 1963) [=Garmania (Garmaniella) bombophila]FH93
    |    |--M. grandis Chant 1963FH93
    |    |--M. juradaeus (Schweizer 1949) [=Lasioseius juradaeus; incl. Proctolaelaps robustus Evans 1958]FH93
    |    `--M. quisqualis (De Leon 1963) [=Orolaelaps quisqualis]FH93
    |--Rhinoseius Baker & Yunker 1964LKW09, FH93
    |    |--R. bakeri (Dusbábek & Černy 1970) [=Tropicoseius bakeri]FH93
    |    |--R. bisacculatus Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
    |    |--R. changensis (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius changensis]FH93
    |    |--R. chiriquensis (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius chiriquensis]FH93
    |    |--R. colwelli Hunter 1972FH93
    |    |--R. eisenmanni (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius eisenmanni]FH93
    |    |--R. epoecus Colwell & Naeem 1979FH93
    |    |--R. erro (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius erro]FH93
    |    |--R. fairchildi (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius fairchildi]FH93
    |    |--R. heliconiae (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius heliconiae]FH93
    |    |--R. mathewsoni Hyland, Fain & Moorhose 1978FH93
    |    |--R. peregrinator (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius peregrinator]FH93
    |    |--R. phaethornis Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
    |    |--R. phoreticus Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
    |    |--R. rafinskiiCN99
    |    |--R. richardsoni Hunter 1972FH93
    |    |--R. tiptoni Baker & Yunker 1964FH93
    |    |--R. trinitatis Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
    |    `--R. venezuelensis (Baker & Yunker 1964) [=Tropicoseius venezuelensis]FH93
    `--Proctolaelaps Berlese 1923LKW09, H98 (see below for synonymy)
         |  i. s.: P. antennatus Karg 1985H98
         |         P. antiquus Treat & Niederman 1967FH93
         |         P. australis Stone 1988H98
         |         P. belemensis Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
         |         P. bickleyi (Bram 1956) (see below for synonymy)FH93
         |         P. brevicomis De Leon 1963FH93
         |         P. coffeae Karg & Rodgriguez 1984FH93
         |         P. cossi (Dugès 1834)LKW09, E57 [=Gamasus cossiE57, *Jordensia cossiE57]
         |         P. cubanus Karg & Rodriguez 1984FH93
         |         P. glaucis Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
         |         P. hystrix (Vitzthum 1923) [=Lasioseius hystrix]H98
         |         P. juradeusW88
         |         P. kirmsei Fain, Hyland & Aitken 1977FH93
         |         P. lobatus De Leon 1963FH93
         |         P. longanalis (Westerboer 1963) [=Garmania longanalis]FH93
         |         P. longisetosus (Westerboer in Stammer 1963) [=Garmania (Garmaniella) longisetosa]FH93
         |         P. mariposus (Fox 1946) [=Borinquolaelaps mariposus]FH93
         |         P. mexicanus Hyland, Fain & Moorhouse 1978FH93
         |         P. micropilis De Leon 1963FH93
         |         P. nauphoetae (Womersley 1956) [=Blattilaelaps nauphoetae]H98
         |         P. nemathrix Krantz 1962FH93
         |         P. neptunis De Leon 1963FH93
         |         P. nesbitti (Womersley 1956) [=Garmania nesbitti]H98
         |         P. nipponicusLW91
         |         P. novineus El-Banhawy & Nasr 1984FH93
         |         P. ornatus (Westerboer in Stammer 1963) [=Garmania (Garmaniella) ornata]FH93
         |         P. pacificus Chant 1963FH93
         |         P. parvanalis (Thor 1930) [=Lasioseius parvanalis]FH93
         |         P. pomorum (Oudemans 1929) [=Typhlodromus pomorum]FH93
         |         P. pygmaeus (Müller 1859)H98 (see below for synonymy)
         |         P. regalis De Leon 1963FH93
         |         P. scolyti Evans 1958FH93
         |         P. spencerae Domrow 1979H98
         |         P. spiralis Hyland, Fain & Moorhouse 1978FH93
         |         P. vandenbergi (Ryke 1954) [=Garmania vandenbergi]FH93
         |         P. xyloteri Samšiňák 1960FH93
         |--P. (Proctolaelaps)FH93
         `--P. (Proctofissus) orbicularis Karg 1985FH93

Proctolaelaps Berlese 1923LKW09, H98 [incl. Blattilaelaps Womersley 1956H98, Chamolaelaps Hull in Turk & Turk 1952FH93, Garmaniella Westerboer & Bernhard in Stammer 1963FH93, Jordensia Oudemans 1936FH93, Seiopsis Berlese 1923FH93]

Proctolaelaps bickleyi (Bram 1956) [=Garmania bickleyi; incl. P. garmanis McGregor 1956, P. lewisi Garman & McGregor 1956, P. striatus Westerboer in Stammer 1963]FH93

Proctolaelaps pygmaeus (Müller 1859)H98 [=Gamasus pygmaeusH98; incl. Lasioseius alpinus Schweizer 1949FH93, Typhlodromus bulbicolus Oudemans 1929FH93, Garmania bulbicolaWL89, Hypoaspis hypudaei Oudemans 1902H98, Garmania hypudaeiS61, Jordensia hypudaeiS61, Proctolaelaps hypudaeiLKW09, L. innumerabilis Berlese 1918FH93, L. ventritrichosus Schweizer 1949FH93]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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