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Taxonomic revision of the species of Daidalotarsonemus de León (Acari: Tarsonemidae), phylogenetic analysis with morphological and molecular characters, and bioecological evaluation

Grant number: 11/19890-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Antonio Carlos Lofego
Grantee:José Marcos Rezende
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/08402-0 - Taxonomic revision of the species of Daidalotarsonemus deposited in the Acari collection of the United States National Museum of Natural History (USNM), BE.EP.DR


Tarsonemidae is a family of mites composed by 40 genera and 530 species. They have feeding habitats varied, including micophagous and phytophagous species. Some of them are important pests in agriculture and theme of many scientific works in the area. On the other hand, species restricted to natural environments are subject of very few studies. Daidalotarsonemus is a genus composed by 25 species, for which there is just one taxonomic revision was published in the 70s. Also, there are no previous phylogenetic or bioecological studies to species of the group. So, the main objectives of this project are the taxonomic revision, phylogenetic study and bioecological analysis of Daidalotarsonemus. Holotypes must be analysed to redescription of species, if necessary. The morphological data will be used to create a matrix of characters, which will be used to phylogenetic analysis in the TNT software. Rearing units of D. tesselatus will be kept in laboratory, to analyse the life cicle and feeding habitat of the species. Furthermore, information about geographic distribution and host associations must be collected of all Daidalotarsonemus species. During the Doctorate, it is planned a period in United States, in one of units of the USDA-ARS with an estimated duration of, at least, six months. (AU)

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Scientific publications (6)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CASTRO, ELIZEU B.; BEARD, JENNIFER J.; OCHOA, RONALD; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; FERES, REINALDO J. F. Two new species of Tenuipalpus sensu stricto (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) from Brazil, with a discussion on the ontogeny of leg setae. Zootaxa, v. 4540, n. 1, p. 178-210, DEC 28 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
LOFEGO, ANTONIO C.; PITTON, THAFAREL; REZENDE, JOSE M. A new genus and new species of Tarsonemidae (Acari: Heterostigmata) from the Brazilian rainforests. SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, v. 21, n. 3, p. 307-319, MAR 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.
REZENDE, JOSE M.; OCHOA, RONALD; LOFEGO, ANTONIO C. Ten new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Costa Rica. International Journal of Acarology, v. 41, n. 6, p. 449-493, AUG 18 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.
NUVOLONI, FELIPE MICALI; LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. Phytoseiidae mites associated with Hevea spp. from the Amazon region: a hidden diversity under the canopy of native trees. SYSTEMATICS AND BIODIVERSITY, v. 13, n. 2, p. 182-206, MAR 4 2015. Web of Science Citations: 9.
REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; OCHOA, RONALD; BAUCHAN, GARY. New species of Daidalotarsonemus and Excelsotarsonemus (Acari, Tarsonemidae) from the Brazilian rainforest. ZOOKEYS, n. 475, p. 1-36, 2015. Web of Science Citations: 12.
REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; OCHOA, RONALD. Two new species of Daidalotarsonemus (Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Brazil. ACAROLOGIA, v. 55, n. 4, p. 435-448, 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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