Mites parasitising the steppe lemming (Lagurus lagurus) in the Karaganda region

Dyusembaev, E.B.; Chelebiev, K.A.

Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 54(1): 124-127


ISSN/ISBN: 0044-5134
Accession: 000433294

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In a survey of mites parasitic on the steppe lemming (Lagurus lagurus) in the steppe area of the Karaganda region of the Soviet Union, representatives of 15 species were collected. The most abundant of these were Hirstionyssus isabellinus (Oudm.), H. criceti (Sulz.), Androlaelaps (Haemolaelaps) ellobii (Bregetova), A. fahrenholzi (Berl.) H. glasgowi (Ewing)), Haemogamasus nidi Michael and larvae of Rhipicephalus schulzei Olen., which are mostly blood-sucking species. Mites collected from inhabited nests were found to belong to 24 species. The most abundant of these were a saprophagous species, Glycyphagus michaeli Oudm. and the facultatively haematophagous H. nidi, H. ambulans (Thorell), A. ellobii and A. fahrenholzi. The last two of these, together with Hirstionyssus criceti, are the predominant species in nests in spring, and Haemogamasus citelli Bregetova & Nelzina is the commonest in the autumn.