Life History of Afrocypholaelaps africana (Evans) (Acari: Ameroseiidae), a Mite Inhabiting Mangrove Flowers and Phoretic on Honeybees

SEEMAN O.D. and WALTER D.E. (1995) Life History of Afrocypholaelaps africana (Evans) (Acari: Ameroseiidae), a Mite Inhabiting Mangrove Flowers and Phoretic on Honeybees. Australian Journal of Entomology, 34 1: 45-50. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.1995.tb01277.x


Author SEEMAN O.D.
WALTER D.E.
Title Life History of Afrocypholaelaps africana (Evans) (Acari: Ameroseiidae), a Mite Inhabiting Mangrove Flowers and Phoretic on Honeybees
Journal name Australian Journal of Entomology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6055
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-6055.1995.tb01277.x
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 50
Total pages 6
Subject 1105 Dentistry
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
1109 Neurosciences
Abstract In October 1993, umbels of the river mangrove Aegiceras corniculatum were infested by the ameroseiid mite Afrocypholaelaps africana (up to 32,000 m‐2 of mangrove canopy) at each of 11 sites sampled in southeastern Queensland. Mite populations declined as flowering decreased and were locally extinct by 20 January. Individual mangrove florets lasted about 6 d; umbels were in flower for about 10 d. Unopened buds were mite‐free, but newly opened florets were colonised by all post‐embryonic stages of the mite. In the laboratory, the mites fed on pollen and sugar water. Mites dispersed on honeybees (Apis mellifera) primarily as egg‐bearing adult females; however, a relatively small proportion of males and immature stages also occurred on bees. Only adult females have sucker‐like ambulacral pads lacking claws, an apparent adaptation for phoresy. Most mites boarded and departed the bee via the tongue and were found on the venter of the head and thorax of the bee. Additionally, bees collected mites with pollen, and crushed many immature mites into their pollen baskets. Large populations of mites occurred on honeybees at beehives during late April. Copyright
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