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Type: Proceedings Papers
Published: 2022-11-30
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Kin discrimination in cannibalism by a predatory mite, Amblyseius herbicolus (Chant) (Acari: Phytoseiidae)

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, Auckland 1072, New Zealand
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, Auckland 1072, New Zealand, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland 1072, New Zealand
kin recognition kin discrimination cannibalism Phytoseiidae predatory mite Amblyseius herbicolus


Kin recognition has been widely observed across the animal kingdom. Individuals discriminate and treat conspecifics differently in relation to their genetic relatedness to increase their inclusive fitness (i.e. their own reproductive success and that of their relatives) and to avoid adverse influences from inbreeding. Although most studies on kin recognition have focused on group-living species, this behaviour can also be adaptive in solitary species.


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  3. Zhang, K. & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2022c) Social context during ontogeny affects cannibalism and kin recognition of the predatory mite Amblyseius herbicolus (Chant) at different life stages. Experimental and Applied Acarology, in publication.