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First record of the mite Hirstiella diolii Baker (Prostigmata: Pterygosomatidae) from Australia, with a review of mites found on Australian lizards

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Abstract

We report the first occurrence in Australia of an exotic mite parasite of lizards, Hirstiella diolii Baker (Prostigmata, Pterygosomatidae), and its association with iguanas at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. We also report on the spread of the exotic snake mite Ophionyssus natricis (Gervais) to native populations of skinks, provide a key to the mites associated with Australian lizards and review how to distinguish chiggers from pterygosomatid mites.
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Keywords: Geckobia; Macronyssidae; Ophionyssus; Pterygosomatidae; Trombiculidae; introduced species; lizards; mites

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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