Tyrophagus (genus)

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Tyrophagus neiswanderi (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Caroline Harding, MPI
Source: PaDIL

Tyrophagus Oudemans, 1924

The genus is widely distributed and contains more than 30 species. They feed mainly on fungi and several species are important storage pests like the mould mite. Some species are also phytophagous like Tyrophagus similis.

The life cycle last around 3 weeks and includes the egg, larva, protonymph, deutonymph, tritonymph and adult stages. However, the deutonymph stage is not present in most species. The adult is 0.3-0.6 mm long and is mainly characterized by the number, position and morphology of the setae on body and tarsi.

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