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
ANNE S. BAKER
Department of Entomology,
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD; Email email@example.com
JENNY C. CRAVEN
School of Biology, L. C.
Miall Building, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.
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
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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