Family Laelaptidae

A group of free-living (often predatory) or para- Fig. 167 A phytoseiid mite, Typhlodromus pyri -

sitic, usually brownish mites, many of the para- family Phytoseiidae (xl50).

sitic forms being highly specialized. Dorsal shield undivided and usually with more than 30 pairs of setae; pedipalpal tarsus with a specialized two-

pronged apotele.

EXAMPLES: Androlaelaps casalis (poultry litter mite); Varroa jacobsoni, a parasite of honey bees.

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