Bee Mites : Acari : Acariformes : Sarcoptiformes : Chaetodactylidae : Achaetodactylus

Achaetodactylus leleupi (Fain, 1974)

Chaetodactylus leleupi Fain, 1974a: 214 (short description, holotype and 40 paratype HDNs in MRAC) Chaetodactylus (Achaetodactylus) leleupi: Fain, 1981b: 4, Figs. 3,4,10 (emendation of paratype repository (IRSNB) and type locality).
Chaetodactylus (Achaetodactylus) leleupi: Fain & Pauly, 2001: 131, Figs 22-23 (indication of phoresy inside acarinarium 1st metasomal tergite of Ceratina nigriceps female (SE photo))
Achaetodactylus leleupi: Klimov et al., 2007a: 1371 (ex Ceratina diloloensis, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may represent another species, see notes to the key to species); Klimov & OConnor, 2008: 216

Biology. Found in the metasomal acarinarium of Ceratina nigriceps (Fain & Pauly, 2001)

Distribution (show map). Kenya: Nairobi (type locality), Tanzania, Cameroon.

Hosts. Ceratina ruwenzorica Cockerell, 1937 (type host)
Ceratina diloloensis Cockerell, 1932 (Kenya)
Ceratina spilota Cockerell, 1932 (Cameroon)
Ceratina (Hirashima) nigriceps Friese, 1905 (Tanzania)
Ceratina (Hirashima) lativentris Friese, 1905 (Tanzania) (Fain, 1981b)

Fain, A. 1974. Nouveaux hypopes phoretiques d'hymenopteres africains (Acarina: Sarcoptiformes). Revue de Zoologie Africaine.88: 213-219.
Fain, A. 1981. Notes on the hypopi of the genus Chaetodactylus Rondani, 1866 (Acari, Chaetodactylidae). Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique Entomologie.53: 1-9.
Fain, A. & A. Pauly. 2001. Notes on phoretic deutonymphs of mites (Acari) associated with Old World Megachilidae and Anthophoridae (Insecta Hymenoptera), mainly from Madagascar 1. Families Chaetodactylidae, Acaridae, Histiostomatidae and Winterschmidtiidae (Astigmata). Belgian Journal of Entomology.3: 125-142.
Klimov, P. B. & B. M. OConnor. 2008. Morphology, evolution, and host associations of bee-associated mites of the family Chaetodactylidae (Acari: Astigmata), with a monographic revision of North American taxa. Miscellaneous Publications Museum of Zoology University of Michigan.199: 1-243.
Klimov, P. B., B. M. OConnor & L. L. Knowles. 2007a. Museum specimens and phylogenies elucidate ecology' s role in coevolutionary associations between mites and their bee hosts. Evolution.61: 1368-1379.
Klimov, P. B., S. B. Vinson & B. M. OConnor. 2007b. Acarinaria in associations of apid bees and chaetodactylid mites. Invertebrate Systematics.21: 109-136.
OConnor, B. M. 1993. Generic relationships in the Chaetodactylidae (Acari: Astigmata) with description of a new genus. Acarologia.34: 345-362.



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