A new genus and eight new species of Tydeoidea (Acari: Trombidiformes) from Protea species in South Africa
Seven new tydeoid species (Brachytydeus rutrus, Brachytydeus varitas, Brachytydeus pseudovaritas, Paratydaeolus athaliahea, Pausia colonus, Therontydeus proteacapensis and Tydeus pseudofustis) are described from the infructescences of various South African Protea species. An unusual member of the family Edbakerellidae (=Triophtydeidae) was assigned to the monotypic new genus Therontydeus. To the best of our knowledge, the genera Microtydeus, Paratydaeolus and Pausia are here recorded from Africa for the first time. The collection of the South African Microtydeus emphasized a need for the revision of the genus. An identification key for all known tydeoid mites present in the infructescence of African Protea species is provided. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.