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Biology of the genus Hericia (Algophagidae: Astigmata), with the description of a new species from the eastern United States

Norman J. Fashing


New observations concerning the biology of the genus Hericia are provided, as well as a discussion of past observations from the literature. A new species, Hericia janehenleyi, is described and illustrated from adults, phoretic deutonymphs and non-phoretic deutonymphs collected from fermenting sap flux on oak trees (Quercus spp.) in eastern Virginia, U.S.A. Deutonymphs are phoretic on the sap flux inhabiting beetle Glischrochilus obtusus (Say) (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae).


Acari, Algophagidae, Hericia, sap flux, Quercus, Glischrochilus obtusus, United States

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An international journal of the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society

ISSN 1362-1971