Two New Records of Pygmephoroid Mites (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Pygmephoroidea) For Iran
Paper ID : 1030-IPCA4 (R2)
Mostafa Fatehinia, Vahid Rahimi njad *, Ahmad Nadimi
Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran.
More than 2000 described species in eight superfamilies constitute the cohort Heterostigmatina (Acari: Prostigmata). Many of heterostigmatic mites prefer to be free-living in some periods of their life. Two of four fungivorous families of the pygmephoroid mites, including Microdispidae and Pygmephoridae contain a wide range of fungivorous species, and inhibiting soil, litter, mosses, decaying plant material and some being phoretic on various arthropods. During a study on heterostigmatic mites in Jovein city, Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran in summer 2017, some mites belong to Pediculaster neutarii Khaustov et al., 2014 and Premicrodispus reductus Khaustov & Chydyrov, 2010 were extracted from soil samples under old trees, that treated by Berlese funnel. Previously, the former species was recorded from oyster mushroom house in North Korea and the latter was described from soil under cotton-plants and a hole of Short-tailed bandicoot rat, Nesokia indica, in Turkmenistan. Both of these mites are recorded for the first time for the mite fauna of Iran.
Soil, Fungivory, Microdispidae, Razavi Khorasan Province
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)