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Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30

The genus Carpoglyphus (Acariformes: Carpoglyphidae)

Plant Health and Environment Laboratory, Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland, New Zealand
Plant Health and Environment Laboratory, Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland, New Zealand
Acari Astigmata taxonomy morphology New Zealand


The family Carpoglyphidae consists of six valid species in a single genus, Carpoglyphus Robin, 1869. Carpoglyphus lactis (Linnaeus, 1767) is a cosmopolitan species that has been recorded from dried fruits, beer, milk products, jams, honey and wine; C. munroi (Hughes, 1952) was found on dead insects (mainly blowflies and beetle larvae) trapped in cobwebs in a clock tower and in bat roosts in England, bee-hives in Czechoslovakia, and barn dust in Sweden; C. biaggioi (as Dichotomiopus biaggioi Fain & Camerik, 1978) only known from heteromorphic deutonymphs found in close association with two beetle species (Dichotomius anaglypticus (Scarabaeide) and Ischasia rufina (Cerambycidae)), in Brazil; C. sturmi Fain and Rack, 1987 in the flowers of Espeletia grandiflora, E. incana, E. sumapazii, Espeletiopsis corymbosa (Asteraceae) in Colombia; C. ganzhouensis Jiang, 1991 from the house dust and brown sugar residue in a slaughterhouse in China (taxonomic status uncertain); C. nidicolous Hubard and Fashing, 1996 from the nests of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica (Hirundinidae)) and cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota (Hirundinidae)) in a barn in Oregon, USA; C. wardleorum Clark, 2010 from sooty mould fungus Acrogenotheca sp. (Trichopeltinaceae) on the bark of black beech Nothofagus solandri in New Zealand. During a high-risk site surveillance at Kibimie, Wellington, New Zealand (accession number: T16_01895), we found an undescribed species from Cordyline kaspar (cabbage tree) infested with Balanococcus cordylinidis (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) and Tyrophagus curvipenis (Acari: Acariae). We compare the morphological characteristics of the new species with known species and provide a key to the species of Carpoglyphidae.


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