2019. 27 (2)

A new genus and two new species of Neopygmephoridae (Acari: Pygmephoroidea) phoretic on scarab beetles

About authors:

Alexander A. Khaustov, X-BIO Institute, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia
Andrey V. Frolov, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Authors thank A.N. Bobylev (Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia) for SEM micrographs. The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) research project No. 18-04-01092A. The junior author’s portion of the study was performed in the framework of the state research project АААА-А19-119020690101-6.


A new genus of Neopygmephorid mites (Acari: Neopygmephoridae), Andrebochkovia gen. n., and two new species—
A. cochlearis sp. n., collected from the beetle Apogonia destructor Bos (Scarabaeidae: Melolontinae) in Indonesia; and A. madagascariensis sp. n., collected from the beetle Adoretus cf. vittatus Brenske (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) in Madagascar—are described.

DOI: 10.21684/0132-8077-2019-27-2-209-220


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