Two new records of scutacarid mites (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Scutacaroidea) from Iran
Paper ID : 1094-IPCA4
Milad -- Davari *1, Vahid Rahiminejad2, Masoud Hakimitabar3
1Shahrood University of Technology
2Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources
3Department of Horticulture and Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood , Iran
Among more than 55000 of described mite species, Heterostigmata (Acari: Prostigmata) with over than 2000 described species, classified in eight superfamilies, have a wide continuum of life forms, such as fungivory, herbivory, predation, parasitism, parasitoidism and kleptoparasitism. The Scutacaridae is the largest family in the cohort, with about 800 species in 25 genera. These small-sized mites are ubiquitous and dwell on soil, forest litter, humus, manure, compost, the nests of birds and small animals. During a study on heterostigmatic mites in Hyrcanian forest, Mazandaran province, northern Iran in summer 2021, some mites belong to Scutacarus echidna (Berlese, 1905) and Imparipes dilatatus Mahunka et Zaki, 1982 were extracted from soil samples and forest litter under old trees, that treated by Berlese funnel. Previously, the former species was recorded from Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, France, Russia, Korea and Ukraine and the latter was described from Hungary and reported from Ukraine. Both of these mites are soil dwelling in forest habitats and phoresy association is unknown for them. These mites are recorded for the first time for the mite fauna of Iran.
Heterostigmatina, Hyrcanian forest, Imparipes, Mazandaran, Mite, Scutacarus
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)