Bee Mites :
Chaetodactylidae : Chaetodactylus
Chaetodactylus azteca Klimov and OConnor, 2008
Chaetodactylus azteca Klimov and OConnor, 2008: 127, Fig 7, Figs 63-64.
Material (show database records) (MEXICO). Holotype: HDN - Hidalgo, Tepeapulco, ex Osmia (Diceratosmia) azteca (propodeum), 18 Sep 1974, W. Hanson & G. Bohart, USNM, BMOC 96-0510-139. Paratypes: 4 HDNs - same data as holotype; 3 HDNs - Chiapas, Municipico Zinacantán, Parajé Vobits, 1158m, ex O. azteca (1st metasomal tergite), 28 Oct 1976, D. E. & J. A. Breedlove, USNM, BMOC 96-0510-140. Holotype in USNM, paratypes in UMMZ, UNAM, USNM.
Identification. See key. Known only from phoretic deutonymphs.
Hosts. Osmia (Diceratosmia) azteca.
Distribution (show map). Mexico: Chiapas, Hidalgo (type locality).
Etymology. The specific epithet is derived from the species name of the host and also honors the indigenous people of central Mexico; the name is a noun in apposition.
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: 243.
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Created: Mar 24, 2009