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Investigating the phylogeny of Tarsoneminae CANESTRINI & Fanzago, 1877 (Acari: Tarsonemidae): use of electronic (LT-SEM) and confocal (CLSM) microscopies on the inclusion of new genera and reinterpretation of characters

Grant number: 15/19867-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2020
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):19/09973-8 - Study of the Tarsonemidae mites (Acari: Prostigmata) deposited in the Adam Mickiewicz University Mite Collection, Poznan, Poland, BE.EP.PD   16/16779-5 - Study of Tarsoneminae mites (Acari: Tarsonemidae) deposited in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and use of CLSM and LT-SEM techniques for new interpretation of morphological characters, BE.EP.PD


Tarsoneminae Canestrini & Fanzago is one of the three subfamilies of Tarsonemidae (Acari: Prostigmata), which concentrates most of the known genera; including species of agricultural importance. There is only one phylogeny paper to this subfamily (Lindquist 1986), which presents several evolutionary hypotheses for the group. New genera of tarsonemins have been described, compromising even more the actual hypothesis. Furthermore, new microscopy techniques have been developed over the years, enabling a new understanding of the morphology of mites. On this way, it is necessary new study to investigate the phylogeny of Tarsoneminae using advanced microscopy techniques and heuristic search algorithms, to produce a robust hypothesis about it. Thus, the main goal of this proposal is to reassess the phylogeny for all subfamily Tarsoneminae, by adding all the genera and the taking images of these and other genera through the low-temperature scanning electron microscope (LT-SEM) and the confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Thirty-three genera will be studied by analyzing type material deposited. Samplings will be made for getting representatives of as many genera as possible. In addition, an internship is going to be carried out in the United States for at least six months, to study the types deposited at the Smithsonian Institution and use of the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit (ECMU - USDA) for registration of the referred micrographs.

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)
LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; CERQUEIRA CAVALCANTE, ANA CRISTINA; DEMITE, PETERSON RODRIGO; REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; OCHOA, RONALD; DE MORAES, GILBERTO JOSE. Reinstatement of Metatarsonemus Attiah (Acari: Tarsonemidae), with description of a new species, redefinition of the genus and a key to the world species. Zootaxa, v. 4711, n. 2, p. 307-329, DEC 16 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; GULBRONSON, CONNOR; BAUCHAN, GARY; OCHOA, RONALD. Review of the genus Ceratotarsonemus De Leon, 1956 (Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae), with description of a new species from the Amazon Forest. Zootaxa, v. 4483, n. 2, p. 271-294, SEP 21 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
REZENDE, JOSE M.; OTTO, JUERGEN C.; LOFEGO, ANTONIO C.; OCHOA, RONALD. A new species of Fungitarsonemus (Acari: Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae) from Australia. SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, v. 23, n. 7, p. 1239-1253, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
GUIMARAES SOUSA, ANDRE SILVA; REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; OCHOA, RONALD; OLIVEIRA, ANIBAL RAMADAN. Daidalotarsonemus and Excelsotarsonemus species (Acari: Tarsonemidae) found in shaded cacao plantations in Brazil, with a description of a new species. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 44, n. 2-3, p. 68-79, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
LOFEGO, ANTONIO CARLOS; REZENDE, JOSE MARCOS; DEMITE, PETERSON RODRIGO; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE. Mite fauna associated with Cecropia pachystachya Trec. (Urticaceae)-the importance of the plant as reservoir and dissemination means for predatory mites. SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, v. 22, n. 10, p. 1780-1794, OCT 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.
REZENDE, JOSE M.; LOFEGO, ANTONIO C.; OCHOA, RONALD. Redescription of Suctarsonemus litteratus (Mahunka, 1973) (Prostigmata: Tarsonemidae). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 43, n. 8, p. 582-593, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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