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On the origin of parasitism in trombiculid mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae)

Shatrov, A.B.

2000 - Volume: 41 Issue: 1-2 pages: 205-213


Trombiculidae parasitism life-strategy ecology morphophysiology host-parasite specificity


The original hypothesis is proposed that the parasitism of trombiculid mite larvae (Trombiculidae) is a rather young historical phenomenon which developed after the quiescent stages (calyptostases) and had evolved in the ontogenesis of this group of trombidiform mites. The larvae being primarily predatory-entomophagous with biting-sucking mouthparts, they could easily pass to parasitism on vertebrate animals in pasture conditions, firstly on mammals, becoming primarily lymphophagous, a,d, due to wide polyphagy, they are similar to free-living blood-sucking insects e.g. Diptera. The problem of specificity and specialization in trombiculid mites and other related groups is discussed.

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