A new host record for mites of the parasitic genus Podapolipus (Acari: Podapolipidae)
Paper ID : 1021-IPCA4 (R3)
Hamid Khadem Safdarkhani *1, Hamidreza Hajiqanbar2, Mohammad Mehrabadi2
1Department of Entomology Faculty of Agriculture Tarbiat Modares University 14115-336, Tehran IRAN
2Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
The family Podapolipidae Ewing, 1922 (Acari: Trombidiformes: Prostigmata) contains 32 genera and about 270 described species. All podapolipid mites are parasites of five insect orders of Orthoptera, Blattodea, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera and mostly Coleoptera. The first described species of this family is Podapolipus reconditus Rovelli and Grassi, 1888 from Akis spinose (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). The genera of podapolipid mites which are ectoparasites of Curculionidae include: Rhynchopolipus Husband and Flechtmann, 1972, Podapolipus Rovelli and Grassi, 1888, and Stigmacarus Feldman-Muhsam and Havivi, 1977. Members of the genus Podapolipus are ectoparasites of three orders of insects: Coleoptera, Orthoptera and Blattodea. This genus encompasses 32 species among which 13 species are parasitizing the order Coleoptera. To date, of these 13 coleopterophile species only one species is recorded as a parasite of a curculionid beetle (Podapolipus komareki Storkan, 1927 from Hylobius abietis L.). In a faunistic survey on prostigmatic mites associated with insects in southern parts of Iran in 2019, some curculionid beetles namely Larinus (Larinus) pollinis Laicharting, 1781 were collected from Abadeh (Fars province). The host beetles kept in vials with 96% ethanol and then examined under a stereomicroscope. Some colonies of a new species of the genus Podapolipus were found from under elytra and at the anterior parts of the abdomen of the beetle host. The mite species is under description. The curculionid beetles of the genus Larinus are a new host record for mites of the genus Podapolipus.
systematic, Prostimata, new host, Fars, Iran
Status : Abstract Accepted