Bee Mites : Acari : Acariformes : Trombidiformes
Family Erythraeidae Robineau-Desvoidy, 1828
Type genus Erythraeus Latreille 1806
Material (show database records).
General Description. This family includes 55 genera and 771 species (Vercammen-Grandjean, 1973; Zhang et. al., 2011). Larvae of many these genera are ectoparasites of insects, millipedes, or arachnids, whereas postlarval instars are predatory. One genus, Leptus, occurs on bees. In addition, an unidentified genus was recorded from the Philippines from Apis cerana (Malabanan and Corpuz-Raros, 1998).
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Genera associated with bees
Zhang, Z.-Q., Q.-H. Fan, V. Pesic, H. Smit, A. V. Bochkov, A. A. Khaustov, A. Baker, A. Wohltmann, T. Wen, J. W. Amrine, P. Beron, J. Lin, G. Gabrys & R. Husband. 2011. Order Trombidiformes Reuter, 1909 Zootaxa.3148: 129-138.
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Created: April 27, 2012