Bee Mites :
Chaetodactylidae : Chaetodactylus
Chaetodactylus kouboy Klimov and OConnor, 2008
Chaetodactylus kouboy Klimov and OConnor, 2008: 121, Figs 58-59.
Material (show database records). Holotype: HDN - USA: New Mexico, Colfax Co., Cimarron Canyon, ex Lithurgus apicalis (pronotum), 12 Jun 1956, R. & K. Dreisbach, MSU, BMOC 95-0323-020. Paratypes: 20 + 27 + 5 HDNs - same data as holotype (propodeum + pronotum + wing bases). Holotype in MSU, paratypes in MSU, USNM, OSAL, UMMZ.
Identification. See key. Known from phoretic deutonymphs only.
Hosts. Lithurgus (Lithurgopsis) apicalis (Megachilidae).
Distribution (show map). USA: New Mexico.
Etymology. Transliterated from the English noun cowboy (a man who rides on horseback and herds cattle in the western United States), noun in apposition.
Notes. Chaetodactylus kouboy was found only once, on a host also harboring C. lithurgi. This suggests that the host association may be accidental.
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 25, 2009