The second record of Porttrombidium baloutchi (Acari: Microtrombidiidae) from Iran
Paper ID : 1005-IPCA4 (R3)
Najmeh Kiany *1, Marjan Seiedy1, Masoud Hakimitabar2, Martin Husemann3
1School of Biology and Center of Excellence in Phylogeny of Living Organisms, College of Science, University of Tehran
2Department of Horticulture and Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood , Iran
3Centrum für Naturkunde, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Parasitengone mites are a diverse taxon comprising about 11,000 described species . The family Microtrombidiidae has a worldwide distribution and often parasitizes Orthoptera (Insecta). Porttrombidium baloutchi (Masoumi, Saboori & Seiedy, 2016) was described from the Kandovan region in Alborz province from Acridia sp., Oedipoda schochii Brunner von Wattenwyl and Chorthippus brunneus (Thunberg) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) as hosts. Here, we report 13 specimens of this species collected as ectoparasites on 11 Chorthippus spp. (Orthoptera: Acrididae) specimens from Astara city (Guilan province) in July 2019. Mite specimens were detached from the tympanal organs using a minute insect pin and preserved in 96% alcohol. Subsequently, they were cleared using 100% lactic acid and mounted on microscope slides using Faure medium. Two host specimens had mites attached to the tympanal organs on both sites of the body. Given that the species was collected from the north of Iran (Kandovan and Astara), it is likely distributed in the other regions of northern Iran as well. The flight ability of the hosts may explain the broad distribution range.
Parasitengona, Astara, Acrididae, Orthoptera
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)