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Have mites (Acarina: Arachnida) colonised Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean via air currents?

  • P.J.A. Pugh (a1) (a2)

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Mites (Acarina: Arachnida) have not colonised Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands by ballooning on air currents. All acarine records from Pacific and Southern Ocean aerial plankton represent dead coastal (hemi)-edaphic species or phoretics dislodged from their flying insect hosts. The few sub-Antarctic records of mites capable of ‘ballooning’ on air currents are all verified as being attributed to anthropogenic introductions.

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Have mites (Acarina: Arachnida) colonised Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean via air currents?

  • P.J.A. Pugh (a1) (a2)

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