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Study of the Tarsonemidae mites (Acari: Prostigmata) deposited in the Adam Mickiewicz University Mite Collection, Poznan, Poland

Grant number: 19/09973-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2019
Effective date (End): November 29, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Antonio Carlos Lofego
Grantee:José Marcos Rezende
Supervisor abroad: Wojciech Magowski
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
Research place: Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poland  
Associated to the scholarship:15/19867-0 - 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, BP.PD


Tarsonemidae is a large family of mites, with more than 40 known genera. It is a widespread group which has been found all around the world, adapted to virtually all types of biomes and several different feeding habits. Despite its importance, there is only one phylogenetic study for this family from the 1980's. Since then, new Tarsonemidae genera have been found and described, which makes this initial phylogeny hypothesis outdated. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate Tarsonemidae phylogeny again, gathering new taxa in the analysis and using microscope and advanced heuristic methods. The Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology (DATE), located at the Adam Mickiewicz University, PoznaD, Poland, is one of most regarded places for Acarology in Europe. Several tarsonemid types are deposited in this institution, which turns it in a preferable spot for the study of this family. Also Dr. Wojciech Magowski, head of DATE Acari Collection, is a worldwide known specialist on tarsonemids with several publications on this subject. This way, the main objective of this proposal is to study the Tarsonemidae types deposited in the DATE Mite Collection and other institutions around the world, through loaning. We intend to analyze internal and external morphological characters through microscopy techniques. After morphological analyses, we expect to add more information in order to reach an improved phylogenetic hypothesis about Tarsonemidae.

Scientific publications
(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.

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