Systematic & Applied Acarology Special Publications
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No. 14 (10 Jan. 2003): 1-20                                           Accepted: 20 Dec. 2002

Checklist of the mites (Arachnida: Acari) associated with bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in the British Isles

Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD; Email

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The 16 species of bats that occur in the British Isles are all protected under current legislation, and their conservation is the subject of much scientific research and public concern. Of the many arthropod parasites carried by these bats, mites have colonized the greatest range of niches. This paper presents an annotated list of the 64 species of mite taken from British and Irish bats or their roosts to date. Previous published records are collated and in some cases emended, Steatonyssus noctulus, Alabidocarpus megalonyx, Stomatodex corneti and six as yet unnamed species are reported for the first time, while new host and distributional data are presented. A host-parasite list is provided.

Key words: Acari, mites, Chiroptera, bats, British Isles, checklist

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Papers published in Systematic and Applied Acarology Special Publications are abstracted in Zoological Record, New Entomological Taxa, and CAB Abstracts (e.g. Review of Agricultural Entomology , Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Biocontrol News and Information).

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