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Genus Poecilochirus

Nicrophorus tomentosus - Poecilochirus Nicrophorus tomentosus passenger - Poecilochirus Beetle with too many mites - Poecilochirus carrion burying beetle with mites? - Poecilochirus Mite on Nicrophorus orbicollis - Poecilochirus phoretic mites on Sexton Beetle - Poecilochirus phoretic mites on Sexton Beetle - Poecilochirus Tiny weevil transporting mites. - Poecilochirus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Parasitiformes
Order Mesostigmata (mesostigs)
Suborder Parasitina
Superfamily Parasitoidea
Family Parasitidae
Subfamily Parasitinae
Genus Poecilochirus
Life Cycle
Species in this genus inhabit vertebrate carrion and ride on silphid beetles. They don't show host specificity, but mix up in larger carcasses where adult beetles come to feed. Those on Nicrophorus ride back on the adult and enter the brood cell and reproduce there. [Comment by Barry O'Connor]
Print References
Schwarz, H. H. & J. K. Mùˆller. 1992. The dispersal behaviour of the phoretic mite Poecilochirus carabi (Mesostigmata, Parasitidae): Adaptation to the breeding biology of its carrier Necrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera, Silphidae). Oecologia 89:487-493.
Springett, B. P. 1968. Aspects of the relationship between burying beetles, Necrophorus spp. and the mite Poecilochirus necrophori. J. Anim. Ecol., 37:417-424.