Balaustium medicagoense

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Balaustium medicagoense
CSIRO ScienceImage 18 The Balaustium mite Balaustium medicagoense.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Family: Erythraeidae
Genus: Balaustium
Species: B. medicagoense
Binomial name
Balaustium medicagoense
Meyer & Ryke, 1959

Balaustium medicagoense is a species of mite belonging to the family Erythraeidae. This large, densely hairy mite is up to 1.6 mm in length with one pair of eyes set well back on the body. The first pair of legs is just longer than the body.

This mite is associated with Medicago sativa and various other plants and has been recorded in the vicinity of Caledon and Grabouw, South Africa.


  • Nine new species of the superfamily Erythraeoidea (Acarina: Trombidiformes) associated with plants in South Africa, Magdalena K.P. Meyer & P.A.J. Ryke, Acarologia I