Materias Investigacion::Ciencias de la vida::Zoología Ireland Sitka spruce Arboreal mites Canopy Mesostigmata Acari
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Arroyo J, Moraza ML, Bolger T. The Mesostigmatid mite (Acari, Mesostigmata) community in canopies of Sitka spruce in Ireland and a comparison with ground moss habitats. Graellsia 2010;66(1):29-37
J. Arroyo, M. L. Moraza & T. Bolger. 2010. The Mesostigmatid mite (Acari, Mesostigmata)
community in canopies of Sitka spruce in Ireland and a comparison with ground moss habitats.
Graellsia, 66(1): 29-37.
The main aim of this study was to examine the communities of mesostigmatid mites
occurring in Irish Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) canopies or inhabiting moss, either in the
canopy or on the soil surface, and to discover whether a characteristic assemblage of
species occurs in particular habitat patches (ground vs. aerial). Twenty two species of
Mesostigmata were recorded, of which five occurred exclusively in arboreal microhabitats.
All three species of Zerconidae collected were unique to the canopy and moss mats on the
tree branches. Trachytes aegrota (C.L. Koch, 1841) was recorded for the first time in Ireland
and some comments about its distribution are made. Multivariate analysis indicated that the
arboreal mesostigmatid community is not just a subset of the assemblage occurring in moss
on soil or trunks and that it appears to be more homogeneous than those occurring on the