oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Three new parasitic mites (Acarina) from South Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



This paper contains an account of a mite parasitic on certain beetles, and belonging to a new species of the genus Pygmephorus, family Tarsonemidae; it was found by Mr. R. Smithers on a Buprestid beetle at Cape Town. The placing on record of two other new forms of Tetranychid mites descriptionbed herein has been made possible by the assiduous collecting activities of Mr. M. Lavoipierre of the Natal Herbarium, Durban, who found these minute acarines living on indigenous plants in Natal. He has recently discovered a large number of Tarsonemid mites living on or attacking vegetation in Durban, both known forms and others new to science; among the latter are the two new species of Tenuipalpus which have been descriptionbed in this paper.

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