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Taxonomic review and phylogenetic analysis of Opilioacaridae With and Neothyridae Lehtinen (Acari: Parasitiformes)

Grant number: 12/23824-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Reinaldo José Fazzio Feres
Grantee:Marcel Santos de Araújo
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):15/05315-5 - Taxonomic review of Opilioacaridae and Neothyridae species deposited at European institutions, BE.EP.DR

Abstract

Opilioacaridae, with 11 genera and 35 species and Neothyridae, with 3 genera with 4 species are poorly known groups of mites, rare in collections and with most studies focusing on descriptions, and few of them focused on biological aspects, with no phylogenetic hypotheses to their species. The purpose of this project is to perform a taxonomic revision of the species of these families, identifying possible synonymy and new species, and propose a hypothesis of phylogeny. New species will be described and redescribed species when necessary and complementing the standardization of descriptions. The behavioral observation of these two groups will be performed when specimens are obtained alive. Furthermore, using information from the literature and based on material deposited in collections, will analyze the geographical distribution of species and propose a model of distribution of these taxa. During the PhD, the student must hold one-year internship in institutions in Mexico and the U.S., with Opilioacarida and Holothyrida experts. This study represents an important contribution to knowledge about the taxonomic and phylogenetic aspects of these groups of soil mites. (AU)

Scientific publications (7)
(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)
SANTOS DE ARAUJO, MARCEL; DI PALMA, ANTONELLA; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. Catalog of the Opilioacarida (Acari: Parasitiformes). Zootaxa, v. 4895, n. 3, p. 332-356, DEC 16 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DE ARAUJO, MARCEL SANTOS; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. Catalog of the mite (Acari) type specimens deposited at the ``Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Campus de Sao Jose do Rio Preto{''}, Sao Paulo, Brazil (DZSJRP). Zootaxa, v. 4700, n. 4, p. 557-583, NOV 26 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE ARAUJO, MARCEL SANTOS; DI PALMA, ANTONELLA; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. A new species of Opilioacarus With, 1902 (Acari: Opilioacaridae) from Italy, and a new diagnosis of the genus. Zootaxa, v. 4500, n. 1, p. 135-145, OCT 15 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE ARAUJO, MARCEL SANTOS; BICHUETTE, MARIA ELINA; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. A new species of cave dwelling Neocarus (Acari: Opilioacaridae) from Bahia state, Brazil, with remarks on taxonomic characters. Zootaxa, v. 4402, n. 2, p. 303-322, MAR 28 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
MAGDALENA VAZQUEZ, MA.; SANTOS DE ARAUJO, MARCEL; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. A new species of Diplothyrus (Parasitiformes: Neothyridae) from Brazil. ACAROLOGIA, v. 56, n. 3, p. 269-278, SEP 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
MAGDALENA VAZQUEZ, MA.; DE ARAUJO, MARCEL SANTOS; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. Brasilacarus cocaris (Acari: Opilioacaridae), a new genus and species from Amazonia, Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 3915, n. 3, p. 375-389, FEB 4 2015. Web of Science Citations: 7.
MAGDALENA VAZQUEZ, MA; DE ARAUJO, MARCEL SANTOS; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. A new genus and two new species of Opilioacaridae (Acari: Parasitiformes) from Amazonia, Brazil with a key to world genera. Zootaxa, v. 3814, n. 2, p. 151-176, JUN 9 2014. Web of Science Citations: 9.

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