Data from: Limited dispersal in an ectoparasitic mite, Laelaps giganteus, contributes to significant phylogeographic congruence with their rodent hosts, Rhabdomys

Adriaan Engelbrecht, Sonja Matthee, Nina Du Toit, Conrad Matthee & Conrad A. Matthee
To explore how biogeography, parasite life history and host vagility influences evolutionary codivergences, we followed a comparative phylogeography approach using a host specific non-permanent mite, Laelaps giganteus that occurs on four rodent species within the genus Rhabdomys. A mtDNA COI haplotype network derived for 278 parasite specimens showed marked phylogeographic congruence with host distributions. Analysis of the less variable nuclear intron Tropomyosin was in part consistent with these results. Although distance-based cophylogenetic analyses in AXPARAFIT...
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