Parasitism of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) by larval mites (Acari: Parasitengona) in Adelaide, South Australia

Craig Williams, Heather C. Proctor

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Abstract

Larval mites (Acari) from the cohort Parasitengona were collected from adult female mosquitoes captured in Adelaide, South Australia, from 1997 to 2000. Larvae from three families were identified: Arrenuridae, Hydryphantidae and Erythraeidae. Arrenurid larvae were associated with mosquitoes that use ground pools for larval habitat, while hydryphantids were associated with tree-hole and container-breeding species. Only a single erythraeid record was made. The overall prevalence of parasitism was very low (0.27% of 19 280 mosquitoes) and ranged from 0 to 5.6% for the 16 mosquito species collected. New mite-host records are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-163
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acari
  • Mosquitoes
  • Parasitengona
  • Parasites
  • South Australia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science

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