Loss of larval parasitism in parasitengonine mites

  title={Loss of larval parasitism in parasitengonine mites},
  author={Bruce Smith},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
Larval Parasitengona are typically parasites, yet at least 29 species of water mites and one species of Trombidiidae forgo larval feeding and any association with a host. Species with non-feeding larvae are isolated cases within species groups or genera where the remaining species have parasitic larvae. Species without larval parasitism occur in at least 14 genera, eight families and four superfamilies of water mites; the loss of larval parasitism is presumably polyphyletic, having occurred at… CONTINUE READING
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