Observations on Hemisarcoptes coccophagus Meyer (Astigmata: Hemisarcoptidae), with a new synonym
1967 - Volume: 9 Issue: 3 pages: 632-638
Hemisarcoptes coccophagus Meyer, a mite predaceous on armoured scale-insects, was sampled both as a predator in colonies of Parlatoria spp. and as a traveller on the Coccinellid beetle Chilocoms bipttstttlattts (L.). The populations of the mite have a pronounced annual cycle, reaching their peaks in mid-summer. A method for mass-rearing the mite is described. The subgenus Coleovidia (Saproglyphidae) is placed in synonymy with Hemisarcoptes. It is postulated that additional species of Hemisarcoptes may be obtained from Chiloconts spp.
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