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Associations of Phoretic Mites on Bark Beetles of the Genus Ips in the Black Sea Mountains of Turkey

Version 1 : Received: 14 January 2021 / Approved: 15 January 2021 / Online: 15 January 2021 (12:09:12 CET)

How to cite: Cilbircioğlu, C.; Kovač, M.M.; Pernek, M. Associations of Phoretic Mites on Bark Beetles of the Genus Ips in the Black Sea Mountains of Turkey. Preprints 2021, 2021010285 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0285.v1). Cilbircioğlu, C.; Kovač, M.M.; Pernek, M. Associations of Phoretic Mites on Bark Beetles of the Genus Ips in the Black Sea Mountains of Turkey. Preprints 2021, 2021010285 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0285.v1).

Abstract

Phoretic mites use bark beetles for transportation to new, suitable habitats. Some phoretic mites act as predators and parasitoids of the bark beetles’ immature stages, especially egg and early larval stages, and are potential agents for the biological control of scolytine forest pests. One of the most numerous and largest mite orders is Mesostigmata which live very frequently in relationships with other invertebrates. Many are found in association with various species of bark beetles. Here, a total of 41 specimens of different bark beetles of the genus Ips (I. acuminatus, I. sexdentatus and I. typographus) were studied for presence, species composition, and abundance of phoretic mites. The beetles were collected on dead wood and parts of tree bark of Pinus nigra, P. slyvestris and Picea abies in the Black Sea Mountains in Kastamonu and Artin Province of Turkey. A total of 9 mite species in 2 genera were found, including Dendrolaelaps quadrisetus, Ereynetes sp., Histiostoma piceae, Paraleius cf. leontonychus, Pleuronectocaeleno barbara., Proctolaelaps hystricoides, Schizostethus simulatrix, Trichouropoda lamellosa and Urobovella ipidis. All species and genera are identified for the first time within Turkish fauna.

Subject Areas

Acari; Ips sexdentatus; Ips acuminatus; Ips typographus; Pinus nigra; Pinus sylvestris; Picea abies; Turkey

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