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Volume 30, Number 2-3, 1999
Dynamics and control of Varroa parasitism on Apis
Page(s) 85 - 95
Apidologie 30 (1999) 85-95
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19990201

Identification and comparison of Varroa species infesting honey bees

Lilia I. de Guzman and Thomas E. Rinderer

ARS, USDA, Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory, 1157 Ben Hur Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70820, USA

Abstract - Varroa jacobsoni Oudemans, V. underwoodi Delfinado-Baker and Aggarwal and V. rindereri de Guzman and Delfinado-Baker are obligatory parasites of honey bees. The key morphological characters, host range and geographic distribution of these three species are reviewed. The occurrence of different genotypes of V. jacobsoni, their geographic distribution and virulence on honey bee hosts are discussed. © Inra/DIB/AGIB/Elsevier, Paris

Key words: Varroa jacobsoni / Varroa underwoodi / Varroa rindereri / morphology / genotype / host range / distribution