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Volume 62, Issue 1


New records of host-parasite relationships between Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) (Odonata) and water mite larvae (Hydrachnidia) in core and edge host populations

Andrzej Zawal
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Published Online: 2016-12-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0004


The relationships between water mite larvae parasitizing Coenagrion scitulum in core and edge populations were described. A total of 636 larvae of 7 water mite species were found on 143 C. scitulum adults (82 females and 61 males). C. scitulum was recorded for the first time as a host species for Arrenurus cuspidator, A. bruzelii, A. bicuspidator, A. tricuspidator, A. claviger and Hydryphantes octoporus. The degree of infestation by particular parasite species was typical for these species. In contrast, the parasites’ preferences for host body parts were not typical, as they preferred abdominal segments 2–4, which in earlier studies had been avoided by water mite larvae. No differences were found in degree of infestation of Coenagrion scitulum individuals between core and edge populations, with the exception of Hydryphantes octoporus, which parasitized damselflies only in core populations.

Keywords: Arrenurus; Hydryphantes octoporus; damselfly; ectoparasitism; infestation


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Received: 2016-07-08

Revised: 2016-08-25

Accepted: 2016-08-26

Published Online: 2016-12-28

Published in Print: 2017-03-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages 38–45, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0004.

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