Kerr, P.H. and Winterton, S.L. (2008) Do parasitic flies attack mites? Evidence in Baltic amber. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 93 (1). pp. 9-13.
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We provide the first evidence of a small-headed fly planidium (first instar larva; Diptera: Acroceridae) associated with a whirligig mite (Acari: Acariformes: Prostigmata: Anystina: Anystidae) in Baltic amber. This fossil is surprising as parasitic nematodes are the only metazoans known to successfully attack acariform mites, and Acroceridae are believed to be host-restricted parasitoids of spiders. The fossil corroborates a previously published, but widely dismissed, paper that first reported parasitism of parasitengone mites by acrocerid planidia. The possible natural history implications of this find are discussed.
|Corporate Creators:||Plant Science|
|Additional Information:||© The Linnean Society of London. © John Wiley & Sons, Inc|
|Keywords:||Acari; Acroceridae; Anystina; Diptera; life history; parasitism; Planidium; predator-prey.|
|Subjects:||Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects|
|Deposited On:||05 Feb 2009 03:19|
|Last Modified:||18 Apr 2011 22:02|
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