Folia Parasitologica, vol. 61 (2014), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 61[2] 182-184 (2014) | 10.14411/fp.2014.016

A rare finding of mites (Arachnida: Acari: Leeuwenhoekiidae) parasitising a whip spider (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Charinidae)

Thiago Gonçalves-Souza1, Alessandro P. L. Giupponi2, Fabio A. Hernandes3
1 Departamento de Biologia Animal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brasil;
2 Laboratório Referência Nacional em Vetores das Riquetsioses, Coleção de Artrópodes Vetores Ápteros de Importância em Saúde das comunidades, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil;
3 Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Instituto de Biociências de Rio Claro, Departamento de Zoologia, Bela Vista, Rio Claro, SP, Brasil

Twelve larvae of unidentified species of Odontacarus Ewing, 1929 (Acari: Leeuwenhoekiidae) were found parasitising an adult male whip spider Charinus brasilianus Weygoldt (Charinidae) in Santa Teresa, mountainous region of Espírito Santo state, southeastern Brazil. These larvae occurred in the intersegmental membrane of prosoma and legs. This is the first report of ectoparasitic mites infecting a charinid whip spider and the first record of leeuwenhoekiid mites parasitising an invertebrate host. We suggest that future studies are essential to understand the reasons why these events of parasitism are so rare in the order Amblypygi.

Keywords: ectoparasitism, chigger mites

Received: September 25, 2013; Accepted: October 30, 2013; Prepublished online: January 10, 2014; Published: April 14, 2014


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