A new species of Opilioacaridae (Parasitiformes: Opilioacarida) from Belize with some observations on life history and behavior

  title={A new species of Opilioacaridae (Parasitiformes: Opilioacarida) from Belize with some observations on life history and behavior},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Magdalena V{\'a}zquez and Daniel May and Elvia Alamilla and Hans Klompen},
  journal={Systematic and Applied Acarology},
  pages={132 - 144}
Abstract A new species of opilioacarid mite, Neocarus belizensis sp. nov., is described from mid-level elevations in Belize's Maya Mountains. Laboratory observations confirmed that females nearly always deposit only one egg at a time, and that eggs are coated before deposition. Females guard both eggs and larvae. The larvae are non-feeding and molt quickly to protonymphs. Adults appear to facilitate feeding by protonymphs. Actual mating could not be observed, but pre-mating behavior is… 

A new species of Neocarus (Opilioacaridae) from a Brazilian ferruginous geosystem and notes on natural history

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  • C. Bowman
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Experimental & applied acarology
  • 2021
This review shows that predatory mesostigmatids do have cheliceral designs with clear rational purposes, and evidence for a resource partitioning model in the evolution of gnathosomal development is found.



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