Two new species of Macrocheles from France (Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae)
2007 - Volume: 47 Issue: 3-4 pages: 115-120
KeywordsMacrocheles France phoretic mite new species description Nicrophorus aphodius
Macrocheles lisae and Macrocheles paucipectinatus are described from France. Macrocheles lisae was found phoretic on Nicrophorus vespilloides, and is recognizible by the smooth dorsal setae and the ornamentation of sternal shield. Macrocheles paucipectinatus with only four dorsal pilose setae (jl, S5, Z5 and J5) is hosted by Aphodius scybalarius. Aphodius and Nicrophorus are both unusual hosts. The association of M. lisae with Nicrophorus illustrates the relationships of some species of macrochelids with carriers living in favourable habitats where mite predates on eggs or larvae of Diptera living on carrion.
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