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Quill mites on bee-eaters

AutorInnen: 
Skoracki, M., Kosicki, J.Z., Sikora, B., Töpfer, T., Husek,J., Unsöld, M., Hromada, M.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2021
Vollständiger Titel: 
The occurrence of quill mites (Arachnida: Acariformes: Syringophilidae) on bee-eaters (Aves: Coraciiformes: Meropidae: Merops) of two sister clades
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Animals
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11123500
Bibliographische Angaben: 
Skoracki, M., Kosicki, J.Z., Sikora, B., Töpfer, T., Husek,J., Unsöld, M., Hromada, M. (2021): The occurrence of quill mites (Arachnida: Acariformes: Syringophilidae) on bee-eaters (Aves: Coraciiformes: Meropidae: Merops) of two sister clades. - Animals 11, 3500: 1-12.
Abstract: 

Parasitic mites of the family Syringophilidae (quill mites) represent the most diverse prostigmatan family associated with birds. Here, we aim (i) to investigate quill mites of a well-defined monophyletic clade of nine bee-eater species, containing mostly migratory African and Asian species; (ii) to establish ectoparasite geographic ranges; and (iii) to discuss patterns of host-parasite relationships and possible host-switches. We have found that despite quill mites being highly specific on the host species or genus level, host-switches may occur, particularly when the ecology of host species overlaps.

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