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Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30

Larval Parasitengona (Acari, Prostigmata) parasitizing cave crickets (Orthoptera, Rhaphidophoridae, Ceuthophilinae) in North America

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, National Insect and Mite Collection,Washington, DC 20560, USA
Caves hosts Neothrombiidae Ceuthothrombium Microtrombidiidae Eutrombidiinae Hexathrombiini Ceuthophilus Hadenoecus


The unique morphology of cave animals has interested biologists for a long time, especially with respect to eye and pigment loss. Acari have been recorded from caves around the world, but relatively few show modifications resulting from living in caves. Most mites found in caves are troglophiles or accidentals with only a few troglobitic species reported. The terrestrial Parasitengona associated with caves will be reviewed.


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