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Improved tRNA prediction in the American house dust mite reveals widespread occurrence of extremely short minimal tRNAs in acariform mites
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This study confirmed the presence of cloverleaf tRNAs in Dermatophagoides by limited EST data, but further experimental evidence is needed to demonstrate extremely small and unusual t RNAs in acariform mites.
Origin and higher-level diversification of acariform mites – evidence from nuclear ribosomal genes, extensive taxon sampling, and secondary structure alignment
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The accepted taxonomic classification of Acariformes is updated to reflect the results, which show that a clade comprising early derivative Endeostigmata (Alycidae, Nanorchestidae, Nematalyc Families, and maybe Alicorhagiidae) should be treated as a taxon with the same rank as Sarcoptiformes and Trombidiformes.
Global phylogenetic structure of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole reveals the repeated evolution of macroecological patterns
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Analysis of the potential climate drivers of richness revealed that the patterns are statistically very similar across different biogeographic regions, with both regional and local richness associated with the same coefficients of temperature and precipitation.
Is permanent parasitism reversible?--critical evidence from early evolution of house dust mites.
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There is conclusive evidence that house dust mites, a group of medically important free-living organisms, evolved from permanent parasites of warm-blooded vertebrates, and it is proposed that parasitic ancestors of pyroglyphids shifted to nests of vertebrates.
Estimating phylogenetic relationships despite discordant gene trees across loci: the species tree of a diverse species group of feather mites (Acari: Proctophyllodidae)
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The broad utility of species tree approaches is discussed, and specifically, their application to groups with high speciation rates – a history of diversification with particular prevalence in host/parasite systems where species interactions can drive rapid diversification.
Generic revision of the large-winged mite superfamily Galumnoidea (Acari, Oribatida) of the world.
Genus-level taxa in the oribatid mite superfamily Galumnoidea (Acari, Oribatida) are revised based on morphology of adults and a previously published phylogenetic analysis. We give a concise overview
Acarinaria in associations of apid bees (Hymenoptera) and chaetodactylid mites (Acari)
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It is proposed that acarinaria serve to concentrate unwanted mites, reducing the chance that they will disperse to other members of the brood as the infested host leaves the nest, thereby reducing their effect on other bees in the brood.
Morphology, Evolution, and Host Associations of Bee-Associated Mites of the Family Chaetodactylidae (Acari: Astigmata) with a monographic revision of North American taxa
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The hypothesis of a post-Gondwanan origin of chaetodactylids, prior to the late Eocene, is supported and metasomal acarinaria (special pouches for mite transfer) in some Neotropical Ceratina and Tetrapedia is described.
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