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Recently, a new genus and species of rnite was discovered in association with the vaginal membrane or aedeagus of Clivina impressifrons, a pest which damages corn seed and seedlings in the midwest (Stannard and Vaishampyan 1971). This mite, Ovacarus clivinae, was described as a monotypic species of the genus Ovacarus. In the process of examining another midwestern carabid beetle, Pasimachus elongatus LeConte, an undescribed species of Ovacarus was discovered. Larviform females were found near the external genitalia. All stages were found associated with oviducts and vaginal membranes, in a manner similar to that described by Stannard and Vaishampayan (1971). The new mite is here described as Ovacarus peellei.

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