Are the morphometrics of chelicerae correlated with diet in mesostigmatid mites (Acari)?

@article{Buryn2005AreTM,
  title={Are the morphometrics of chelicerae correlated with diet in mesostigmatid mites (Acari)?},
  author={Dr. Romuald Buryn and Roland Brandl},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2005},
  volume={14},
  pages={67-82}
}
Gamasid mites are prominent predators of soil communities. Some species are said to be specialized predators feeding on nematodes or arthropods. A conspicuous difference between species is the structure of the chelicerae. We test the hypothesis that measurable attributes of the chelicerae are related to diet. We measured ten morphometric parameters of the chelicerae from 52 species within 29 genera. For 28 species and 26 genera we were able to extract food preferences from the literature and… CONTINUE READING