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Volume 60, Issue 2


First record of parasitism of water mite larva (Acari: Hydrachnidia) on the pupa of Trichoptera

Edyta Buczyńska
  • Department of Zoology, Animal Ecology and Wildlife Management, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-033 Lublin, Poland
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/ Paweł Buczyński
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/ Andrzej Zawal
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/ Grzegorz Michoński
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Published Online: 2015-03-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0028


During the studies on ecology of Trichoptera of anthropogenic water bodies we have unexpectedly discovered the parasitic larvae of water mites of the species Tiphys torris on the pupa of Triaenodes bicolor. This is the first documented case of the parasitism of water mites on the caddisfly pupa as well as the first ever record of the species which is regarded as a dipteran parasite on caddisflies. The situation is very untypical for preimaginal stages of caddisflies are used by phoretic and not parasitic water mite larvae. Parasitism has been confirmed in this case by the formation of stylostomes and enlarged sizes of the bodies of the larvae. This is probably the case of facultative parasitism in which the pupa has served as a substitute of the adult form of a caddisfly.

Keywords: Ectoparasite; mites; caddisflies; stylostom; Tiphys torris; Triaenodes bicolor


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About the article

Received: 2014-06-07

Revised: 2014-11-07

Accepted: 2014-11-27

Published Online: 2015-03-25

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 2, Pages 196–199, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0028.

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