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Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30

“Tiny dancer in my hand…” 100-million-year-old case of mite flamboyance*

Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 6, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
Acari behaviour Burmese amber Chyzeriidae fossil mites Parasitengona


Parasitengona is a highly diverse and widely distributed group within the order Trombidiformes with a peculiar lifestyle. Some of them inhabit exclusively aquatic environments, while others live on land. Their larvae with significantly different morphology are parasites of invertebrates and vertebrates, while subsequent three nymphal stages and the adults alternate as inactive stases and active predators. The fossil record of Parasitengona is relatively rich compared to other mite taxa, but much remains to be discovered, particularly among inclusions in various types of fossilised resins.



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