Polar Biology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 239–243 | Cite as

Littoral Acari of Marion Island: ecology and extreme wave action

  • P. J. A. Pugh
  • R. D. Mercer
Original Paper


Fourteen species of littoral Acari (Arachnida) were collected from the shores of sub-Antarctic Marion Island, of which Parasitiphis brunneus (Kramer) (Ologamasidae), Rhombognathus apsteini Lohmann and R. gressitti Newell (Halacaridae) are new to the Prince Edward Islands. Acari, impoverished both in terms of diversity and abundance, were confined to the few micro-habitats, including rocky-shore lichens, kelp holdfasts, other macroalgae and the surface pitting of mobile boulders, which provided protection from the direct and indirect stresses of severe wave action.


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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. A. Pugh
    • 1
  • R. D. Mercer
    • 2
  1. 1.British Antarctic Survey, NERC, High Cross, Cambridge CB3 0ETUK
  2. 2.Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002South Africa

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