oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Some parasitoid mites (Mesostigmata: Acarina) associated with Coleoptera in the Western Transvaal

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



There has been no comprehensive study of the parasitoid Acarina associated with beetles in South Africa. Berlese has descriptionbed a few species in scattered papers (1908, 1910, 1921) and Ryke & Meyer (1957) have investigated the mites of the family Eviphididae. The present paper is based on material collected in the Western Transvaal and deals with ten species, eight of which are new to science, from the families Macrochelidae, Pachylaelaptidae and Laelaptidae. We are extremely grateful to Dr. G. O. Evans and Mr. K. H. Hyatt, both of the British Museum (Nat. Hist.), London, for their help and to Prof. J. W. Geyer of the Department of Entomology, University of Pretoria for the identification of the beetles.

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