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Molecular phylogeny of acariform mites (Acari, Arachnida): strong conflict between phylogenetic signal and long-branch attraction artifacts.
The first comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of Acariformes using sequence data from the nuclear small subunit rRNA gene (18S rDNA) and the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI, amino acids) confirms the monophyly of Acari and recognizes two orders within Acari: Sarcoptiformes, consisting of Endeostigmata and Oribatida+Astigmata, and Trombidiformes.
Glaucalges tytonis sp. n. (Analgoidea, Xolalgidae) from the barn owl Tyto alba (Strigiformes, Tytonidae): compiling morphology with DNA barcode data for taxon descriptions in mites (Acari)
A method of nondestructive DNA isolation, which leaves the feather mite exoskeleton intact for subsequent morphological analysis, is described, which may be implemented both for feather mites as well as for other groups of Acari.
Molecular evidence for species separation in the water mite Hygrobates nigromaculatus Lebert, 1879 (Acari, Hydrachnidia): evolutionary consequences of the loss of larval parasitism
It is hypothesized that the ancestral lake-dwelling population originated from a stream form with parasitic larvae, and relatively more differentiated genetic structure in lake populations probably results from a stronger isolation between particular lake habitats, but this hypothesis needs further extensive studies.
Origin and Evolution of Feather Mites (Astigmata)
The view on the general feather mite phylogeny course at the familial rank for the Analgoidea is presented by means of cladistic analysis and co-speciation of parasites with their hosts is postulated as a main factor driving feather mites evolution.
A new feather mite species of the genus Proctophyllodes Robin, 1877 (Astigmata: Proctophyllodidae) from the Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus (Passeriformes: Aegithalidae)—morphological description
For the first time for feather mites the standard morphological description is supplemented by sequence data of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene fragment (COI) and nuclear D2 region of 28S rDNA.
Morphological adaptation for precopulatory guarding in astigmatic mites (Acari : Acaridida)
Scanning electron microscopical investigations indicate that the adanal suckers have a conspicuous, cylindrical shape with a piston-like bottom, and the peripheral cuticular collar is considered to be a functional adaptation for a better sealing of the sucker on the rough dorsum of the tritonymp...
Higher-level molecular phylogeny of the water mites (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Parasitengonina: Hydrachnidiae).
It is found that larval leg structure and locomotory behavior are strongly congruent with the molecular phylogeny of water mites, and all commonly accepted water mite superfamilies except for Hydryphantoidea, which is clearly paraphyletic.
Six new feather mite species (Acari: Astigmata) from the carolina parakeet Conuropsis carolinensis (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae), an extinct parrot of North America
We describe six new feather mite species collected from museum skins of the carolina parakeet Conuropsis carolinensis Linnaeus, 1758, which lived in North America and became extinct at the beginning
Phylogeny and co-speciation in feather mites of the subfamily Avenzoariinae (Analgoidea: Avenzoariidae)
It is suggested that the feather mite subfamily Avenzoariinae originated from an ancestor of the order Charadriiformes and co-speciated with this host order.
The first report of Knemidocoptes intermedius Fain et Macfarlane, 1967 (Acari: Astigmata) in naturally infected European birds
It is the first reliable record of K. intermedius in Europe and also the first record of this species in the common raven, and the host range and specificity of this parasite is discussed, along with a revision of occurrences in wild birds.