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Specific association between the mites Androlaelaps fahrenholzi (Acari: Laelapidae) and birds Premnoplex brunnescens in Costa Rica: possible evidence of a recent host switch.
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PMID:  23325415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Androlaelaps fahrenholzi is a common, cosmopolitan mite constituting a species complex. This mite is found in nests or on mammal hosts and occasionally on birds. The specific host association between A. fahrenholzi-like mites and Premnoplex brunnescens in Costa Rica is reported here. Adults (females and males), deutonymphs and protonymphs were found on 14 P. brunnescens examined (prevalence was 100 %) with mean abundance 42 (2-222). The nest environment plays an important role in the evolution of parasites and could explain the evolutionary path of Laelapinae towards parasitism. We hypothesize that the colonization of P. brunnescens took place in this context quite recently, from sympatrically living rodents. Morphology and ecology of A. fahrenholzi from P. brunnescens may constitute at least a new variation of A. fahrenholzi, and possibly a new species.
Marcela Lareschi; Ivan Literak; Miroslav Capek; Oldrich Sychra
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental & applied acarology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-9702     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp. Appl. Acarol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8507436     Medline TA:  Exp Appl Acarol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de Vectores CEPAVE (CCT-La Plata, CONICET-UNLP), Calle 2 # 584, La Plata, 1900, Argentina,
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