Aquatic Mites from Genes to Communities

  • Heather C. Proctor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Isabel Rey, Beatriz A. Dorda, Antonio G. Valdecasas
    Pages 59-65
  3. Heather C. Proctor, Neera Garga
    Pages 127-147

About this book


Although the ancestral home of chelicerates was the sea, the vast majority of modern species live on land. Most students of spiders and mites also restrict themselves to terrestrial habitats. However, a surprising number of mites (Arachnida: Acari) have returned to a watery existence. Approximately 7000 species from the Mesostigmata, Astigmata, Oribatida, and especially the Prostigmata, now live in marine and freshwater habitats. In Aquatic Mites, a dozen chapters explore the distribution, ecology, behavior, genetics, and evolution of the most diverse of these astonishing arachnids. The results of these studies raise as many interesting questions as they answer, and should provoke more investigations of the biology of freshwater and marine Acari.


arachnid arctic behavior biology cell ecology environment evolution fish genes genetics population sex water

Editors and affiliations

  • Heather C. Proctor
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6710-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0429-8
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