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Community structure and dispersal of mites (Acari, Mesostigmata) in nests of the white stork (Ciconia ciconia)

1Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, PL-61614, Poznań, Poland

2Department of General Zoology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, PL-61614, Poznań, Poland

3Natural History Collections, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, PL-61614, Poznań, Poland

4Department of Forest and Environment Protection, August Cieszkowski Agricultural University, Wojska Polskiego 71C, PL-60625, Poznań, Poland

5Department of Avian Biology and Ecology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, PL-61614, Poznań, Poland

6CSIRO Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

© 2006 Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Biologia. Volume 61, Issue 5, Pages 525–530, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: 10.2478/s11756-006-0086-9, October 2006

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2006-10-01

Abstract

The fauna of Mesostigmata in nests of the white stork Ciconia ciconia was studied in the vicinity of Poznań (Poland). A total of 37 mite species was recovered from 11 of the 12 nests examined. The mite fauna was dominated by the family Macrochelidae. Macrocheles merdarius was the most abundant species, comprising 56% of all mites recovered. Most of the abundant mite species were associated with dung and coprophilous insects. It is likely that they were introduced into the nests by adult storks with dung as part of the nest material shortly before and after the hatching of the chicks.

Keywords: Acari; Mesostigmata; Ciconia ciconia; nest of birds; phoresy; community structure

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