Origin and Evolution of Feather Mites (Astigmata)

@article{Dabert2004OriginAE,
  title={Origin and Evolution of Feather Mites (Astigmata)},
  author={Jacek Dabert and Serge V. Mironov},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={437-454}
}
Feather mites are highly specialized plumage and skin ectoparasites that are variously adapted for inhabiting certain microhabitats on a bird's body. Different feather mite taxa of higher (familial) rank adapted to the same microhabitats display similar main morphological adaptations even if they are rather distantly related to one another. Hypotheses on the evolution of general adaptations in morphology of feather mites during colonization and establishment in different microhabitats are… CONTINUE READING
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