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Some macrochelid mites (Acari: Macrochelidae) associated with Australian dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

Wallace, M.M.H.

1986 - Volume: 27 Issue: 1 pages: 3-15


Macrochelidae Australian dung beetles


Nine species of Macrocheles (Acari: Macrochelidae) were collected from Australian dung_ beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), viz. Macrocheles glaber (and/or M. perglaber), M. peregrinus (introduced from South Africa), M. kraepelini (probably introduced from Indonesia via Fiji), M. merdarius, M. peniculatus, M. robustulus, M. mammifer, M. novaezelandiae, and M. krantzi. In addition, M. subbadius was found in dung used in dung beetle insectary cultures. Approximately 21 other unidentified species of Macrocheles were recorded either on beetles or in dung during this study.

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