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Eur. J. Entomol. 2005, 102(1): 119122
Coprophagous hydrophilid beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) as carriers of phoretic deutonymphs of Uropoda orbicularis (Acari: Mesostigmata) in Poland
BAJERLEIN D.* & PRZEWOZNY M.
During a study 20 hydrophilid beetle species and 2,457 individuals of beetles belonging to 4 genera: Cercyon, Cryptopleurum, Megasternum and Sphaeridium were collected. On the surface of the bodies of 59 beetles (2.40% of the beetles collected) belonging to six species, 174 cases of phoresy [55 deutonymphs of Uropoda orbicularis (Müller, 1776) and 119 pedicels without deutonymphs] were observed. New hydrophilid beetle carriers of phoretic deutonymphs of U. orbicularis are given. Most mites were carried by Sphaeridium species. The population dynamics of both groups of arthropods was also studied. Most cases of phoresy were recorded in May and in the second half of July. However, phoretic deutonymphs were not present on the body surface of hydrophilid beetles throughout the whole period of this study.
AddressDepartment of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznañ, Poland;
KeywordsCoprophagous beetles, Hydrophilidae, Uropoda orbicularis, Acari, phoresy, Poland