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Evolution of parasitism in mammal-associated mites of the Psoroptidia group (Acari: Astigmata)


The distribution of parasitic mites of the Psoroptidia group on mammals was analyzed. Nearly all the mammal-associated Psoroptidia belong to the paraphyletic superfamily Sarcoptoidea. Mites of the family complex Psoroptidae (Lobalgidae, Psoroptidae, and Paracoroptinae) shifted from birds to parasitism on placental mammals independently from each other. Mites of the Sarcoptidae complex, comprising all the other mammal-associated Psoroptidia, originated from the common stalk of Psoroptidia independently. They are widely represented on both marsupial and placental mammals and are primarily or secondarily absent on Monotremata.

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Original Russian Text © A.V. Bochkov, 2011, published in Parazitologiya, 2011, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 257–271.

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Bochkov, A.V. Evolution of parasitism in mammal-associated mites of the Psoroptidia group (Acari: Astigmata). Entmol. Rev. 91, 1206–1215 (2011).

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