Erythraeidae is a family of mites belonging to the Trombidiformes. Larval forms of these mites are parasitic on various other arthropods, for example harvestmen, but the adults are free-living predators. These oval mites are rather large, usually reddish coloured and densely hairy. The legs, especially the first and fourth pairs, are long and adapted for running. They have either one or two pairs of eyes and can be distinguished from related families microsopically by the presence of a single claw on the tibia of the palp.
The larvae of two described species of Leptus feed on bees: Leptus ariel lives on the European honey bee in Guatemala, and Leptus monteithi is a parasite of a Leioproctus species (Colletidae) in Tasmania.
Seasonal variation in parasitism by Leptus mites (Acari, Erythraeidae) upon the harvestman, Leiobunum formosum (Opiliones, sclerosomatidae).(SHORT COMMUNICATION)(Report)
May 01, 2006; ABSTRACT. We recorded the number of ectoparasitic erythraeid mite larvae (Leptus sp. Latreille 1796) that were attached to 1241...
New Records of Spiders (Araneae) as Hosts of Terrestrial Parasitengona Mites (Acari: Actinotrichida: Prostigmata)
May 01, 2011; Parasitengona, one of the most diverse groups among Acari, comprise aquatic (Hydrachnidia) and terrestrial (Trombidia) species....