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Varroa Mite

Scientific Name
Varroa jacobsoni
Scientific Author
Oudemans
Taxonomy
(Arachnida: Acari: Varroidae)
Risk
Unknown
Status
Uncertain Status
Reliability
High
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Mite on bee adult
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Collected on Apis cerana
Source
Ken Walker Museum Victoria Museums Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult female mites are brown to dark brown, shaped like a crab.

Body measurements can be used to distinguish V. jacobsoni and V. destructor.

Body Length Body width

V. jacobsoni 1.06mm 1.50mm

V. destructor 1.16mm 1.70mm

Source:

Zhi-Qiang Zhang (2000) see references and weblinks

Their curved bodies fit into abdominal folds of the adult bee and are held there by the shape and arrangement of ventral setae. This protects them from the bee's normal cleaning habits. Adult males are yellowish with lightly tanned legs and spherical body shape. The male chelicerae are modified for transferring sperm. The protonymph and deutonymph stages were described by Delfinado-Baker (1984).

Source:

M.T. Sanford, University of Florida; H.A. Denmark, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Plant Industry; H.L. Cromroy, University of Florida; and L. Cutts, FDACS, Division of Plant Industry.

http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/bees/varroa_mite.htm

More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walaikorn Rattanadechakul
Created
03/02/2011 11:19 AEST
Last Updated
22/02/2011 19:44 AEST
Citation
Walaikorn Rattanadechakul (2011) Varroa Mite (Varroa jacobsoni ) Updated on 2/22/2011 7:44:18 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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