Bee Mites : Acari : Parasitiformes : Mesostigmata
Family Macrochelidae Vitzthum, 1930
Macrochelidae Vitzthum, 1930: 301.
Type genus Macrocheles Latreille, 1829
Material (show database records).
General Description. This family includes 14 genera. Two of them, Trigonholaspis and Macrocheles, were recorded from bees (Chmielewski, 1991; De Jong et al., 1982; Eickwort, 1988; Krantz, 1998; Richards and Richards, 1977).
Distribution (show map).
Key to genera of Macrochelidae associated with bees
1. Four pairs of opisthonotal dorsocentral setae (J1, J2, J3, J5). Anterodorsal "hump" present. Sternal shield not coarsely punctate ... Trigonholaspis
- Two, rarely three, pairs of opisthonotal dorsocentral setae. Anterodorsal "hump" absent. Some areas of sternal shield often coarsely punctate... Macrocheles
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Created: April 24, 2012