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The Evolution of Parasitism and the Distribution of Some Dermanyssoid Mites (Mesostigmata) on Vertebrate Hosts

  • Frank J. Radovsky


Whether the subclass Acari is monophyletic or polyphyletic remains unsettled, but the early (pre-Devonian) separation of the orders Parasitiformes and Acariformes is generally accepted (Krantz 1978, Lindquist 1984, Woolley 1988). The suborder Mesostigmata is one of the largest and most ecologically varied of the Acari, and it is the only suborder of Parasitiformes in which there has been significant adaptive radiation into a broad spectrum of general niches. The Mesostigmata associated with vertebrates have notably diverse host relationships, but nearly all are in one superfamily, the Dermanyssoidea.


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