Centriacarus

 

HARMFUL | NOT HARMFUL | UNCERTAIN

disperses on bees, probably lives in nests, but details of biology are unknown

Name and classification

Centriacarus Klimov and OConnor, 2007

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

Type species
Centriacarus turbator Klimov & OConnor, 2007

Distribution

Neotropical region

Bee hosts

Centris (Heterocentris)

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 on wood-nesting apid bees of the genus Centris, subgenus Centris (Heterocentris) (Figs. 2-5).
  • Adults are unknown, but presumably they live in the host nests. Interactions of these mites with their bee hosts are unknown.