First record of a phoretic mite (Histiostomatidae) on a cave dwelling cricket (Phalangopsidae) from Brazil

Rodrigo Antônio Castro Souza, Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi, Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira


The first record of a phoretic mite of the genus Histiostoma (Sarcoptiformes: Histiostomatidae) associated with an individual of Endecous (Endecous) alejomesai (Orthoptera: Phalangopsidae) is reported from a Brazilian cave. Although deutonymphs of histiostomatid mites are common phoretic on invertebrates, this is the first report of their phoretic association with a cave dwelling cricket.

Keywords: Histiostoma, Endecous, simbiosis, hypogean habitat.

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