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Acarine colonisation of Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean: the role of zoohoria

Pugh, P.J.A.. 1997 Acarine colonisation of Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean: the role of zoohoria. Polar Record, 33 (185). 113-122. 10.1017/S0032247400014431

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Abstract/Summary

A quarter of the terrestrial Acari recorded from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands are parasitic haematophages or non-feeding phoretics associated with other larger and more mobile animals, especially sea birds and pterygote insects. Although flying sea birds are effective vectors of zoohoric mites into the region, penguins are not and merely serve as reservoir hosts. Similarly, most of the mites associated with insects were accidentally introduced by man as free-living adults that subsequently utilised a range of alien and indigenous insects as local dispersal mechanisms.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1017/S0032247400014431
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0032-2474
Date made live: 28 Sep 2016 13:15 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/514648

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