International Journal of Acarology
Two new species of Bisternalis (Laelapidae: Mesostigmata) associated with stingless bees and wasps are described and illustrated. These are B. hunteri from Panama and B. mexicanus from Mexico from nests of wasps and stingless bees (Melipona) respectively. Both species are compared with B. rettenmeyeri Hunter from stingless bee cells and combs (Trigona) from Panama. The genus Bisternalis now contains three species, two of which are associated with stingless bees (Trigona and Melipona) in the New World. Hypoaspis meliponarum Vitzthum is reported also from the nest of a stingless bee (Melipona) from Mexico.
Baker, Edward W.; Delfinado-Baker, M.; and Ordaz, F. Reyes, "Some Laelapid Mites (Laelapidae: Mesostigmata) found in Nests of Wasps and Stingless Bees" (1983). An. Paper 258.
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