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Volume 60, Issue 4


Mites and internal parasites associated with the common dung beetle Geotrupes (Anoplotrupes) stercorosus (Hartmann in Scriba, 1791) in Poland

Teresa Sulgostowska
  • Department of Animal Environment Biology, Warsaw University of Life Science, Ciszewskiego 8, 02-786 Warszawa
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Published Online: 2015-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0088


Common dung beetles collected in the "Sobieski Forest" (eastern border of Warsaw suburbs) were examined for the occurrence and prevalence of infections or infestations with intestinal parasites and phoretic mites in relation to soil characteristics and quality of the forest habitat. Endoparasitic fauna was represented by gregarines Didymophyes paradoxa, microsporidians Plistophora geotrupina and cysticerkoids of 2 tapeworms - Ditestolepis diaphana and Staphylocystis furcate. Prevalence of these infections was higher for beetles collected from rich habitats. Acarofauna was represented by hypopodes of Sancassania geotruporum (Astigmatina, Acaridae) and the following taxa of mesostigmatic mites: Alliphis halleri, Macrocheles glaber, Parasitus coleoptratorum and unidentified juvenile Laelapidae representative. Mites were most abundant in June, July and September. They were only slightly more numerously found on dung beetles from the rich habitats. Nonmetric multidimensional scaling, MDS (2D stress = 0.13) revealed significant similarities in the distribution of mite taxa between poor and rich sites and among the investigated months (June, July and September).

Keywords: Common dung beetle; gregarines; microsporidians; cysticercoids; phoretic acarofauna; Mesostigmata; Sancassania geotruporum


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Received: 2014-10-28

Revised: 2015-04-02

Accepted: 2015-05-04

Published Online: 2015-09-25

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 622–630, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0088.

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