Tarsonemus (genus)

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Author(s): Anthonie Cornelis Oudemans
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Tarsonemus Canestrini & Fanzago, 1876

This genus of mites is widely distributed and contains more than 200 species. The members can be found in many habitats. Some are associated with insects, others are found in litter or soil, and some have been associated with plants. Tarsonemus granarius is commonly found in stored grain and feeds mainly on grain dust and fungi.

Tarsonemus species are often described as feeding on fungi (e.g. see Van der Walt et al., 2011) and several species have been reared on fungus cultures. Some species are regarded as vectors of fungal diseases. Tarsonemus species associated with bark beetles have been also observed feeding on the symbiotic fungi of the bark beetles (Lombardero et al., 200).

Type species: Tarsonemus minusculus

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: