Diadasiopus

 

HARMFUL | NOT HARMFUL | UNCERTAIN

lives in bee nests and disperses on bees, but feeding behavior not known

Name and classification

Diadasiopus OConnor, 1997

Taxonomy
Superorder Acariformes » Order Sarcoptiformes » Suborder Oribatida » Infraorder Desmonomata » Hyporder Astigmata » Family Acaridae » Genus Diadasiopus

Type species
Diadasiopus eickworti OConnor, 1997

Diagnosis

Phoretic deutonymph: Dorsum with longitudinal striations (Fig. 1). Coxal setae 1a, 3a filiform and long (4a conoidal) (Figs. 2, 3). Setae e I-II and solenidion ω2 absent (Fig. 4). Tarsus IV with 2 long setae (w and f) (Fig. 5).

Distribution

Nearctic and Neotropical regions

Bee hosts

Diadasia; rarely Anthophora

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

  • All stages live in nests of bees of the genus Diadasia; feeding habit is unknown.
  • Phoretic deutonymphs disperse on bee hosts.