SUBCLASS ACARI (Mites & Ticks)

Arachnida-Trombidiformes-Pterygosomatidae on Triatoma protracta (B)


Pena Blanca Lake, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Coordinates: 31.399676, -111.088883
Elevation: 3.869 ft
June 2, 2020
On Triatoma protracta that was attracted to mercury vapor and ultraviolet lights
Determined by Professor Cal Welbourn who said: “Cool mites! They are Pterygosomatidae probaby Pimeliaphilus sp. There are several species that are ectoparasites on reduviids, scorpions, and cockroaches. At high infestations they can be fatal to the host.”

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