A new genus of flower-dwelling melicharid mites (Acari: Mesostigmata: Ascoidea) phoretic on bats and insects in Costa Rica and Brazil

@article{Lindquist2008ANG,
  title={A new genus of flower-dwelling melicharid mites (Acari: Mesostigmata: Ascoidea) phoretic on bats and insects in Costa Rica and Brazil},
  author={E. Lindquist and M. Moraza},
  journal={Zootaxa},
  year={2008},
  volume={1685},
  pages={1-37}
}
  • E. Lindquist, M. Moraza
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Zootaxa
  • The genus Spadiseius gen. nov. of the ascoid family Melicharidae is described, based on all instars of two newly described species in Costa Rica and adults of four undescribed species in Costa Rica and Brazil. These mites undergo their life histories quickly in spike or spadix inflorescences of their plant hosts in lowland tropical rainforests, where they apparently feed on nectar or pollen. One inflorescence may bear hundreds of the developing mites in all instars. Pollen is found on all… CONTINUE READING
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