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Global diversity of halacarid mites (Halacaridae: Acari: Arachnida) in freshwater


Halacarid mites have successfully invaded the sea and approximately 56 species colonized the freshwater. Invasion from the sea into continental waters probably started in the Mesozoic or Pre-Mesozoic and went on in the following epochs. The number of genera (14) and species (34) recorded from the Palaearctic is remarkably higher than that of other geographical regions. These numbers do not imply that the Palaearctic is a centre of origin, they reflect the sampling activity rather than reliable data on diversity.

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Bartsch, I. Global diversity of halacarid mites (Halacaridae: Acari: Arachnida) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595, 317–322 (2008).

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  • Halacaridae
  • freshwater
  • distribution
  • phylogeny
  • endemicity