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Type: Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30
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Genotypes of the red velvet mite, Balaustium murorum (Trombidiformes, Erythraeidae) in the Northern Hemisphere and estimation of the migration process to Japan

Science Research Center, Hosei University, 2-17-1, Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8160, Japan
The Mt. Fuji Institute for Nature and Biology, Showa University, Kamiyoshida 4562, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0005, Japan
Eurasia genotyping MIG-seq Palearctic region population genetics


Balaustium murorum is considered to be widely distributed in the western part of the Palearctic region of Eurasia and has recently been reported for redescription and ecological information (e.g., Wohltmann 2000; Mąkol 2010). Since B. murorum has been widely reported in Japan since the 1980s, it has been considered to be an introduced species from Europe (M. Shiba, personal communication).


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