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Two new species of myrmecophilous mites of the families Neopygmephoridae and Microdispidae (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Pygmephoroidea) from Brazil

Rafaela Almeida Silva, Alexandr Alexandrovich Khaustov, Anibal Ramadan Oliveira


Two new species of myrmecophilous mites of the superfamily Pygmephoroidea (Acari: Heterostigmatina) are described from ants collected in dry cacao fruits in a plantation in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil. Petalomium braziliensis sp.nov. (Neopygmephoridae) from workers of Odontomachus haematodus (Linnaeus, 1758), and Caesarodispus delabiei sp.nov. (Microdispidae) from workers of Camponotus atriceps (Smith, 1858) (Hymenoptera: Fomicidae). This is the first record of the genus Caesarodispus in South America.


Heterostigmata, taxonomy, Petalomium, Caesarodispus, Formicidae


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