Achaetodactylus

 

HARMFUL | NOT HARMFUL | UNCERTAIN

may be beneficial; hosts have acarinaria to transport mites, but biology not well known

Name and classification

Achaetodactylus Fain, 1981

Taxonomy
Superorder Acariformes » Order Sarcoptiformes » Suborder Oribatida » Infraorder Desmonomata » Hyporder Astigmata » Family Chaetodactylidae » Genus Achaetodactylus

Type species
Chaetodactylus leleupi Fain, 1974

Common synonyms
Ochaetodactylus Fain, 1971

Distribution

Afrotropical region

Bee hosts

small carpenter bees (Ceratina)

Host association level

Permanent

associated exclusively with bees or their close relative, wasps; cannot live without these hosts

Temporary

some life stages are associated with bees, while others are not

Facultative or opportunistic

can complete entire life cycle without bees or their close relative, wasps

permanent

Host associations, feeding, and dispersal

  • Phoretic deutonymphs disperse in acarinaria of female small carpenter bees (Ceratina): Achaetodactylus ceratinae in the axillar acarinarium (Figs. 3, 4), and Achaetodactylus leleupi in the metasomal acarinarium (Fain and Pauly, 2001).
  • Adults are unknown, but presumably they live in the host nests. The presence of acarinaria indirectly suggests some level of mutualistic relationships between these mites and their hosts.