A rare finding of mites (Arachnida: Acari: Leeuwenhoekiidae) parasitising a whip spider (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Charinidae)

Thiago Goncalves-Souza, Alessandro P. L. Giupponi, Fabio A. Hernandes3
2014 Folia Parasitologica  
twelve larvae of unidentified species of Odontacarus Ewing, 1929 (Acari: leeuwenhoekiidae) were found parasitising an adult male whip spider Charinus brasilianus Weygoldt (charinidae) in santa teresa, mountainous region of Espírito santo state, southeastern Brazil. these larvae occurred in the intersegmental membrane of prosoma and legs. this is the first report of ectoparasitic mites infecting a charinid whip spider and the first record of leeuwenhoekiid mites parasitising an invertebrate
more » ... n invertebrate host. We suggest that future studies are essential to understand the reasons why these events of parasitism are so rare in the order Amblypygi. Fig. 3. scanning electron micrographs of Odontacarus sp. (Acari: leeuwenhoekiidae) from Charinus brasilianus Weygoldt (Amblypygi: charinidae). A, B -dorsal view of the body with detached legs; C -detailed view of prodorsal plate (scutum) showing insertion of prodorsal setae; D -ventral view of prosoma (detailed view of urstigma). Abbreviations:
doi:10.14411/fp.2014.016 fatcat:dnmtdeinc5ewthmx5cnwju5bmi