198 Works

Eriophyoid mites from ferns: description of a new Leipothrix Keifer species (Eriophyidae: Phyllocoptinae) from the Arasbaran forests (Iran) and a key to the world species

Parisa Lotfollahi & Enrico de Lillo
A survey of eriophyoid mites on ferns was carried out in the Arasbaran forests, East Azerbaijan province, Iran. A new species of the genus Leipothrix Keifer (Eriophyidae: Phyllocoptinae: Phyllocoptini) was collected on Polypodium vulgare L. (Polypodiaceae), named as L. pterisfolii, described and illustrated. It is the first record of a mite of the tribe Phyllocoptini on a Polypodiaceae plant. This mite species was found also on a plant of the family Cystopteridaceae, namely Gymnocarpium dryopteris...

Patterns of soil mite diversity in Lamto savannah (Côte d’Ivoire) submitted at different fire regimes

Julien K. N'Dri, Rodolphe Arnaud G. N'Da, Fabrice A. Seka, Pacôme K. Pokou, Jérôme E. Tondoh, Jan Lagerlöf, Mouhamadou Kone, Kanvaly Dosso, Brigitte A. N'Dri & N'Golo A. Kone
In this study, we evaluated the impact of different fire regimes (early, mid-season, or late fire) on soil mite abundance and diversity in three study sites (Salty marigot, Plateau and North piste) of the Lamto shrub savannah at 160 km northwest of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On each site, three adjacent plots of 100 m x 50 m were delimited, to which a given fire regime was applied. At each site, soil cores were taken at...

Evaluation of three pesticides against phytophagous mites and their impact on phytoseiid predators in an eggplant open-field

Ziad Barbar
The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of two insecticides (deltamethrin and acetamiprid), and an acaricide (fenbutatin oxide) on diversity and abundance of mite fauna in replicate experiments carried out in an openeggplant field in Latakia, Syria. Each pesticide was applied three times with an interval of three weeks between two consecutive applications. Two phytophagous mites were observed in all treatments: Tetranychus urticae and olyphagotarsonemus latus. However, the number of predatory mite species (in...

The marine-associated lifestyle of ameronothroid mites (Acari, Oribatida) and its evolutionary origin: a review

Tobias Pfingstl
Existing literature on marine associated Ameronothroidea is reviewed and recapitulated. Although these littoral oribatid mites strongly resemble typical terrestrial mites, they have evolved different adaptions of various kinds to the marine littoral environment. In order to cope with intertidal wave action, most species show reduced and compact sensilla as well as sickle-shaped and elongated claws. Complex cerotegument based plastron mechanisms have evolved to allow breathing under flooded conditions and enabling these organisms to survive an...

Blankaartia acuscutellaris (Walch, 1922) (Actinotrichida: Trombiculidae) collected from the great snipe Gallinago media (Latham, 1787) (Charadriformes: Scolopacidae) in Poland – new host and country record for chigger mite genus and species

Joanna Mąkol & Michał Korniluk
The parasitic chigger mite, Blankaartia acuscutellaris, collected from a female of Gallinago media is recorded from Poland for the first time. The locality, which constitutes the northernmost record of B. acuscutellaris in the Palaearctic, raises the question of possibility of establishing a new population on the verges of the species’ distribution range. Metric data for larvae, extending the knowledge of intra-specific variation, are provided.

Two new species of Spinibdella and Odontoscirus (Acari: Prostigmata: Bdellidae) from Western Iran

Amir Hossein Eghbalian, Mohammad Khanjani & Edward A. Ueckermann
Two new species of Bdellidae, viz. Spinibdella pourmirzaei Eghbalian, Khanjani and Ueckermann n. sp. from soil and litter under apricot trees and Odontoscirus denheyeri Eghbalian, Khanjani and Ueckermann n. sp. (Acariformes: Bdellidae) from soil and litter under weeds are described, illustrated and a key to the adults of all species of Spinibdella with longitudinal striations on centre of prodorsum and Iraninan species of adult Odontoscirus are presented.

James Allen McMurtry: an unforgettable man and professional, with a list of his publications

Gilberto J. de Moraes & M.W. Johnson

Diversity and abundance of Phytoseiidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) on horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) in an urban environment: a comparison between Greece and the Czech Republic

Michal Kopačka, Theodoros I. Stathakis, Georgios Broufas, Georgios Th. Papadoulis & Rostislav Zemek
Horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum L. (Sapindaceae), is a large deciduous tree native to a small area in the Pindus Mountain mixed forests and the Balkan mixed forests of Southeast Europe. It was introduced to most countries in Europe mainly for ornamental purposes. The aim of the present study was to assess the occurrence, species composition and population densities of phytoseiid mites on A. hippocastanum in countries where this tree species is autochthonous and to compare...

Exploiting assembly pheromone for the control of ixodid ticks

R.S. Ranju, Bhaskaran Ravi Latha & V. Leela
The effect of an Assembly Pheromone – Deltamethrin complex (AP – D complex) on the larvae of five ixodid tick species viz. Rhipicephalus sanguineus, R. microplus, R. haemaphysaloides, Hyalomma marginatum and Haemaphysalis bispinosa, as well as the adults of R. sanguineus and R. microplus, was assessed by in vitro bioassays. All the larval as well as adult stages of ticks exposed to the AP – D complex were lured and killed within 24 hours of...

A new species of the genus Tuckerella (Acari: Trombidiformes: Tuckerellidae) from Iran

Hamid Khadem Safdarkhani & Mahdieh Asadi
A new mite species Tuckerella parsi n. sp. (Prostigmata: Tuckerellidae) from Tamarix aphylla (Tamaricaceae) is described from Iran. The description of the adult female, adult male, female tritonymph and protonymph and also leg setal designations for this family are provided.

Phytoseiid mites of Martinique, with redescription of four species and new records (Acari: Mesostigmata)

Serge Kreiter, Ghais Zriki, Philippe Ryckewaert, Clovel Pancarte, Martial Douin & Marie-Stéphane Tixier
Authors report results of a study performed between May 2011 and September 2013 on cover plants tested for future uses in citrus orchards in Martinique. A total of twenty-two species were found among which eight are very common in the West Indies. A catalogue of four new records for Martinique and three new records for the French West Indies is provided, with some information on their biology when available, and biogeography. Some considerations for six...

Description of two new species of Stigmaeopsis, Banks 1917 (Acari, Tetranychidae) inhabiting Miscanthus grasses (Poaceae)

Y. Saito, Y. Sato, A.R. Chittenden, J.-Z. Lin & Y.-X. Zhang
We provided a new diagnosis of the genus Stigmaeopsis. Then we described two new species that are very closely related to Stigmaeopsis miscanthi (Saito) from Miscanthus spp. in Japan and China. The Japanese species, named Stigmaeopsis sabelisi Saito and Sato n. sp., was previously referred to as Stigmaeopsis miscanthi low aggressiveness form , and is characterized by its low male-to-male aggression behavior. The other species, Stigmaeopsis continentalis Saito and Lin n. sp., was found in...

Bisexual and oedipal reproduction of Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Acari, Macrochelidae) feeding on Musca domestica (Diptera, Muscidae) eggs

Sara Farahi, Parviz Shishehbor & Alireza Nemati
Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Scopoli) is a predatory mesostigmatic mite that inhabits different manure microhabitats and preys mostly on housefly (Musca domestica L.) eggs. When a virgin female colonizes a new manure substrate, it produces male offspring through parthenogenesis (arrhenotoky); when her sons reach maturity, oedipal mating takes place and the female begins to produce bisexual offspring. In order to examine the consequence of oedipal reproduction on population development, we designed two separate experiments to compare life...

African chiggers (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) in the collection of Alex Fain, with a description of a new genus and three new species

Alexandr A. Stekolnikov
A series of African chigger mites from the collection donated by Alex Fain (1912-2009) to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is revised. One new genus and species, Makwacarus petrodromi n. gen., n. sp. from an elephant shrew Petrodromus tetradactylus tordayi Thomas and two new species, Herpetacarus junkeri n. sp. from a snake Boaedon fuliginosus (Boie) and Microtrombicula livingstonei n. sp. from a lizard Holaspis guentheri Gray, are described from DR Congo. One new...

Development cycle of Ornithodoros peruvianus Kohls, Clifford and Jones (Ixodoidea: Argasidae) under laboratory conditions

M. González-Moraga, C. Esquivel, L. Moreno-Salas, Ignacio Troncoso, L. Torres-Fuentes, K. Ardiles & D.A. González-Acuña
The objective of this study was to describe the developmental biology of the tick Ornithodoros peruvianus Kohls, Clifford and Jones under laboratory conditions. A total of 174 live specimens of O. peruvianus at different stages were collected from caves located on Pan de Azúcar Island (26°09’S, 70°41’W) and Tal Tal (25°15’S, 70°15’W). In the laboratory, ticks were fed on rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and kept in acrylic tubes under controlled conditions of humidity and temperature (average...

A putative fossil sejid mite (Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata) in Baltic amber re-identified as an anystine (Acariformes: Prostigmata)

Jason A. Dunlop, David E. Walter & Jenő Kontschán
The Acari (mites) is currently interpreted to consist of two superorders. In contrast to the relatively rich history of the mite superorder Acariformes, fossils of the Parasitiformes are extremely rare. This is especially true of the most diverse order, Mesostigmata, with only nine families recorded, including four named species, having been described so far. As part of a wider effort to clarify the diversity of Baltic amber Mesostigmata the historically oldest fossil, Sejus bdelloides Koch...

Two new species of feather mites of the subfamily Pterodectinae (Analgoidea: Proctophyllodidae) from Indonesia

Ioana Cristina Constantinescu, Gabriel Bogdan Chişamera, Angela Petrescu & Costică Adam
Two new pterodectine feather mite species collected in Indonesia (Kalimantan) are described: Montesauria indonesiana sp. n. from the Asian glossy starling Aplonis panayensis (Scopoli, 1786) (Passeriformes, Sturnidae), and Proterothrix murariui sp. n. from the White-rumped woodpecker Meiglyptes tristis (Horsfield, 1821) (Piciformes, Picidae). Males of M. indonesiana have adanal and opisthoventral circular shields, surrounding the base of setae g and ps3, respectively, and females have the anterior and lobar parts of hysteronotal shields well delimited from...

De Nederlandse watermijten (Acari: Hydrachnidia). The Dutch water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia). Harry Smit

Henk Siepel
Acarologia, 59, 211-213

A predator-prey system: Phytoseiulus persimilis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae): worldwide occurrence datasets

Alain Migeon, Marie-Stéphane Tixier, Maria Navajas, Vassilis D. Litskas & Menelaos C. Stavrinides
The predator-prey system Phytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) (Acari: Tetranychidae) represents the most studied and the most known system among the Acari. Because of the agronomical importance of the two mite species, a wealth of modelling studies investigated the interactions of the two species at the individual level. However, regional or global level works on this system are lacking, which is impeding the investigation of climate change effects on biological control...

A new species of Olopachys Berlese (Acari: Pachylaelapidae) from Iran with a key to the world species

Samaneh Mojahed, Jalil Hajizadeh, Reza Hosseini & Ali Ahadiyat
A new species, Olopachys iraniensis n. sp. (Mesostigmata: Pachylaelapidae) is described based on adult females collected from soil in Guilan Province, northern Iran. Two identification keys are provided, one for all known species of Olopachys, and the other for species recorded from Iran. A brief review on pachylaelapid mites of Iran is also provided.

Oribatid mite (Acari: Oribatida) communities of urban brownfields in Tallinn, Estonia, and their potential as bioindicators of wasteland successional stage

Piret Vacht, Helin Niglas, Annely Kuu, Tiiu Koff, Sander Kutti & Jane Raamets
Urban brownfields are ecologically valuable ecosystems that have been and are under various anthropogenic influences. Because brownfields are subject to rapid development in urban areas, their biological communities, including soil mesofauna, are overlooked and seldom researched, even though they could provide valuable insight into the ecological functioning of these areas. This exploratory study describes the community characteristics of oribatid mite fauna of 12 brownfields in Tallinn, Estonia, and analyzes the potential of oribatid mites as...

The occurrence of three tick-borne pathogens in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected from the area of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Southern Poland)

Marek Asman, Krzysztof Solarz, Ewa Szilman, Piotr Szilman, Bartosz Sikora & Justyna Jakubas-Zawalska
The common tick Ixodes ricinus is the main vector of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti in Europe. The aim of this study was to estimate the potential risk of exposure to common tick-borne diseases in the recreational areas of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, Poland with particular emphasis on the city of Częstochowa. The DNA from 459 I. ricinus ticks was used to detect B. burgdorferi s. l., A. phagocytophilum and B. microti...

Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) of the genus Haemaphysalis Koch, 1844 in Senegal: a review of host associations, chorology, and identification

Massamba Sylla, Mady Ndiaye, Marc Souris & Jean-Paul Gonzalez
The Haemaphysalis genus (Acari, Ixodidae) in Senegal is reviewed. This embodies a summary of specimens collected from vertebrate hosts over three decades. 454 collections were performed over this period (408 from mammals and 46 from birds), representing a total of 5752 ticks in different developmental stages. Seven Haemaphysalis spp. were collected, identified, and inventoried including: H. (Kaiseriana) rugosa, H. (Ornithophysalis) hoodi, H. (Rhipistoma) houyi, as well as four other species belonging to the leachi group,...

Two new species of Diptilomiopus Nalepa (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from India

Samiran Chakrabarti, Surajit Sur & Sanjay Sarkar
Two new species, Diptilomiopus indogangeticus n. sp., infesting Ficus tinctoria subsp. gibbosa (Blume) Corner (Moraceae), and Diptilomiopus mohanasundarami n. sp., infesting Mangifera indica L. (Anacardiaceae), are described from West Bengal, India. Diptilomiopus holoptelus Chakrabarti and Mondal and Diptilomiopus strebli (Boczek) are possible junior synonyms of Diptilomiopus integrifoliae Mohanasundaram and Diptilomiopus asperis Ghosh and Chakrabarti, respectively.

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