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Do parasitic flies attack mites? Evidence in Baltic amber

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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
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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