Premicrodispus stenops (Mahunka, 1969) (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Microdispidae) associated with the nest of Tetramorium sp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Paper ID : 1036-IPCA4 (R2)
abdolrashid janghorbani1, Vahid Rahiminejad *2, Mohammad Hasan Sarailoo1
1Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Plant Production, Gorgan University of agricultural science and natural resource, Golestan, Iran.
2Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources
More than 2000 described species in eight superfamilies constitute cohort Heterostigmatina (Acari: Prostigmata). The family Microdispidae Cross, 1965 includes 25 described genera and more than 120 species that are mostly fungivorous, and inhibiting soil, litter, mosses, decaying plant material and some phoretic on various arthropods. Until now, six genera and 25 species of the family have been recorded from Iran; and this is eleventh record of the genus Premicrodispus Cross, 1965. During a study on heterostigmatic mites in northeastern of Golestan province in summer 2019, some mites belong to the Premicrodispus stenops (Mahunka, 1969) were extracted from soil sample of Tetramorium Mayr, 1855 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) nest, that treated by Berlese funnel. Previously, the species was recorded from soil samples in Europe. This mite is recorded for the first time for the mite fauna of Iran. It is worth mentioning that any of the mite specimens have never found attached to ants, therefore, close association between them is doubtful.
Soil, Mite, Heterostigmatina, Golestan Province
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)