Eutogenes foxi (Acari: Trombidiformes: Cheyletidae) associated with mushroom-forming fungi Trichaptum sp. (Fungi: Polyporaceae)
Paper ID : 1189-IPCA4 (R3)
safoora majidi1, Vahid Rahiminejad *2, Masoud Hakimitabar3, Ahmad Nadimi4, Esmaeil Razavi5
1Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Plant Production, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Golestan, Iran
2Gorgan University of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources
3Department of Horticulture and Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood , Iran
4Gorgan university of Agricultural Science and Natural Resource
5Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
The family Cheyletidae (Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) includes over 440 species in 75 genera that Most of them are free-living predators and some ectoparasite of birds or mammals. The predatory species occupy a wide variety of habitats including patchy or ephemeral substrates such as mushroom-forming fungi which requiring dispersal by phoresy on insects or vertebrates. During a study on the fauna of prostigmatic mites in the Alangdareh Forest Park in Gorgan, over the Summer of 2021, Eutogenes foxi (Baker, 1949) was found associated with Trichaptum sp.. Eutogenes foxi was originally described from rose stalks from Texas and then reported from Florida from citrus leaf litter. In Iran, this species was collected from the nests of some birds. Therefore, this is the second record of this mite and also the association between E. foxi and the fungus is recorded for the first time. This mite can be identified by the following characters: Propodosomal shield with six pairs of lateral setae (vi, ve, sci, sce, scx1, scx2) and six pairs of median setae (c1, cx1–5);all propodosomal setae squamiform;one pair of humeral setae (c2) on striated integument; posterolateral of propodosomal shield, similar in form to the laterals; hysterosomal shield with six pairs of lateral setae (d2, e2, f2, h1, h2, h3) and six pairs of median setae (d1, dx, e1, ex, f1, fx); hysterosomal setae of the same shape as propodosomal setae; palpal femur with leaf-like dorsal setae; eyes absent.
Mite, Prostigmata, Forest, record, Gorgan.
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)