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Ontogeny of Megalolaelaps colossus sp. nov. (Acari: Megalolaelapidae), an enigmatic symbiont of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Colombia

Jose Orlando Cómbita-Heredia, Edwin Javier Quintero-Gutiérrez, Hans Klompen


Post-embryonic development of Megalolaelaps colossus sp. nov., is described and illustrated. This unusually large species of mite is closely associated with the dung beetle Oxysternon conspicillatum (Weber) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Colombia. All instars of the mite occur on the beetle, except for the larva. This is the first description of all instars for a species in this genus. 


Permanent association, CCLC, Amazon, relative size, dependence


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