The raphignathoid mites (Acari: Trombidiformes) from Kemah, Erzincan (Turkey)


International Science and Technology Conference, 18 - 20 August 2018, pp.623

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Introduction: The Raphignathoidea is a superfamily belonging to the mite superorder
Acariformes, order Prostigmata. It contains many predators of small invertebrates, while some are herbivores and others parasites. Small and soft bodied these mites are one of the oldest groups of the world and have a wide distribution in the world. They commonly live in soil, litter, grassy soil, moss, lichen, tree bark, tree cavity, house dust and stored products. In the present work, six mite species of the superfamily Raphignathoidea have been found from Kemah where is a district, located 50 km southwest of Erzincan, on the left bank of river Euphrates. With this study, we aimed to contribute to the knowledge on Raphignathoid mite existence in Turkey.

Material and Methods: Mite specimens were collected in litter under Populus sp., Quercus sp., Prunus sp. and Juglans sp. from Kemah, Erzincan. The mite specimens were extracted by using Berlese-Tullgren funnels, cleared in 60% lactic acid and mounted on microscopic slides in Hoyer’s medium. The specimens were examined by using a Leica DM 4000B phase-contrast microscope. The short descriptions and the distributions of all species were given.

Results: A total of six raphignathoid species, four of them from the family Stigmaeidae
Oudemans, Eustigmaeus segnis (Koch), E. anauniensis (Canestrini), Ledermuelleriopsis
ayyildizi Doğan, Stigmaeus erzincanus Doğan, Bingül, Dilkaraoğlu & Fan; two species from the family Caligonellidae Grandjean, Neognathus terrestris (Summers & Schlinger) and Caligonella humilis (Koch) are found from Kemah. All the species already known from Turkey are newly recorded from Kemah.