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Jerzy Bloszyk, Daria Bajerlein, Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, Robert Halliday, and Magdalena Dylewska (2006)

Uropodine mite communities (Acari : Mesostigmata) in birds' nests in Poland


Knowledge of uropodine mite communities in birds' nests in Poland and surrounding areas is very poor. We therefore conducted a survey of 338 nests belonging to 36 bird species, and found that they contained 28 species of Uropodina. The most frequent species were Trichouropoda orbicularis, Apionoseius infirmus, Uroobovella pyriformis, Uropoda orbicularis, Nenteria pandioni, and T. ovalis. The dominant species were T orbicularis, and U. pyriformis, which constituted up to 68 \% of the total specimens. The majority of species of these mites reproduce sexually. The species whose populations consist only of females, reproducing by thelytoky, are rather rare. There is distinct variation in the species composition and dominance structure of uropodine communities in the nests of particular bird species, which seems to be largely caused by differing types of nests. The most species-rich uropodine communities were found in large, perennial nests (white stork and raptors), the poorest ones (usually one or two species) occurred in the material collected from nest boxes.

mites; Uropodina; nesting biology; nest of birds; unstable microhabitats
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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