Trigonholaspis amaltheae, female, ex Trigona amalthea, Colombia (after Vitzthum, 1930) title=
Fig. 1. Trigonholaspis amaltheae, female, ex Trigona amalthea, Colombia (after Vitzthum, 1930). Click to enlarge

Bee Mites : Acari : Parasitiformes : Mesostigmata : Macrochelidae : Trigonholaspis

Trigonholaspis amaltheae Vitzthum, 1930

Trigonholaspis amaltheae Vitzthum in Salt, 1929: 447 (nomen nudum); Vitzthum, 1930: 311, Figs 19-22; Turk, 1948: 83 (comparison with Eumellitiphis); Flechtmann and Camargo, 1979: 315 (mention); Krantz, 1998: 106.
Grafia amaltheae: Krantz, 1962: 163; Eickwort, 1988: 329 (listed in table).

Identification. See key here.

Hosts. Trigona amalthea (Olivier, 1789).

Distribution. Colombia: Magdalena (type locality)

Biology. Collected in the nest of Trigona amalthea.

Eickwort, G. C. 1988. The origins of mites associated with honey bees. In Africanized honey bees and bee mites, eds. G. R. Needham, R. E. Page, M. Delfinado-Baker & C. E. Bowman, 327-338. Chichester: Ellis Horwood.
Flechtmann, C. H. W. & C. A. Camargo, De 1979. Acari associated with stingless bees (Meliponidae, Hymenoptera) from Brazil. In Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of Acarology, 1974, ed. E. Piffl, 315-319. Budapest: Académiai Kiadó.
Krantz, G. W. 1962. A review of the genera of the family Macrochelidae Vitzthum 1930 (Acarina: Mesostigmata). Acarologia.4: 143-173.
Krantz, G. W. 1998. Observations on five rarely collected genera of Macrochelidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) associated with insects. Acarologia.39: 95-109.
Salt, G. 1929. A contribution to the ethology of the Meliponinae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London.77: 431-468+29 Plates.
Turk, F. A. 1948. Insecticolous Acari from Trinidad, B.W.I. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.118: 82-125.
Vitzthum, H. 1930. Acarologische Beobachtungen. (14 Reihe.). Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abteilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere.59: 281-350.

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Trigonholaspis amaltheae, female, ex Trigona amalthea, Colombia (after Vitzthum, 1930)
Trigonholaspis amaltheae, male, ex Trigona amalthea, Colombia (after Vitzthum, 1930)



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