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An association between the Antarctic mite Alaskozetes antarcticus and an entomophthoralean fungus of the genus Neozygites

By P. D. Bridge and M. Roger Worland


A fungal pathogen provisionally identified as Neozygites cf. acaridis has recently been isolated from the Antarctic oribatid mite Alaskozetes antarcticus. The identification of the fungus is discussed with reference to recent changes in the taxonomy of Neozygites. The potential role of the fungus in the Antarctic mite populations is considered in relation to the known mite life cycles, and the particular environmental conditions in the Antarctic

Topics: Biology and Microbiology, Ecology and Environment
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10493-008-9190-6
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