Androlaelaps schaeferi

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Androlaelaps schaeferi
Adults and juveniles
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Mesostigmata
Family: Laelapidae
Genus: Androlaelaps
Species: A. schaeferi
Binomial name
Androlaelaps schaeferi
(Till, 1969)

Gromphadorholaelaps schaeferi

Androlaelaps schaeferi (formerly known as Gromphadorholaelaps schaeferi) is a mite that lives on the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa). While it was formerly believed that it sucks body fluid from its host, coloring experiments have shown that this is false. Instead, it takes part in its host's meal. They are usually concentrated between the host's legs and around the spiracles.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jonathan Neal (Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University) (September 14, 2013). "Living With Hissing Cockroaches". Living with Insects. 
  2. ^ Ashley Jessee. "Madagascan hissing cockroach". ADW. 

External links[edit]

  • Joel Hallan Biology Catalog: Laelapidae
  • Yoder, J.A. & Barcelona, J.C. Jr. (1995). Food and water resources used by the Madagascan hissing-cockroach mite, Gromphadorholaelaps schaeferi. Experimental and Applied Acarology 19(5):259-273. doi:10.1007/BF00052618