Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 38, Issue 2–3, pp 181–188 | Cite as

Rickettsial Agents from Parasitic Dermanyssoidea (Acari: Mesostigmata)

  • Will K. ReevesEmail author
  • Ashley P. G. Dowling
  • Gregory A. Dasch


Mites are often overlooked as vectors of pathogens, but have been shown to harbor and transmit rickettsial agents such as Rickettsia akari and Orientia tsutsugamushi. We screened DNA extracts from 27 mites representing 25 species of dermanyssoids for rickettsial agents such as Anaplasma, Bartonella, Rickettsia, and Wolbachia by PCR amplification and sequencing. DNA from Anaplasma spp., a novel Bartonella sp., Spiroplasma sp., Wolbachia sp., and an unclassified Rickettsiales were detected in mites. These could represent mite-borne bacterial agents, bacterial DNA from blood meals, or novel endosymbionts of mites.


Anaplasma Anaplasma phagocytophilum Bartonella Mesostigmata Spinturnix psi Wolbachia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Will K. Reeves
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ashley P. G. Dowling
    • 2
  • Gregory A. Dasch
    • 1
  1. 1.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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