Macrocheles subbadius ( Berlese, 1904 ),

Kontschán, Jenő & Hornok, Sándor, 2019, New records, a completed list and identification key of mites (Acari) associated with the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae), Acarologia 59 (1), pp. 3-11: 4

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Macrocheles subbadius ( Berlese, 1904 )


Macrocheles subbadius ( Berlese, 1904) 

Distinguishing characters of female. All dorsal setae smooth and needle-like, except setae j1 which are smooth and robust. Ventral setae also smooth and needle-like, sternal shield ornamented with small pits. Ventrianal shield pentagonal with three pairs of needle-like setae anterior to anal opening ( Figure 1View Figure 1, A & B).

Notes. This is the species most frequently collected from the bodies of stable flies. This association was reported from Hungary (Erős & Mahunka 1971), France (Niogret et al. 2008), Slovakia ( Mašán 2003), Israel ( Mumcuoglu & Braverman 2010), United Kingdom ( McGarry & Baker 1997) and Canada ( Beresford & Sutcliffe 2009). Macrocheles subbadius  is a coprophilous detriticole species and a typical phoretic mite, which does not parasitize the stable fly, but use it only for transportation between different habitats (like dung pads, compost heaps etc.).