IUP Biology professor Tom Simmons and Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection entomologist Mike
Hutchinson coauthored the article, “A Critical Review of All
Known Published Records for Water Mite (Acari:
Hydrachnidiae) and Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) Parasitic
Associations From 1975 to Present,” published in the Journal
of Medical Entomology on April 25, 2016.
The emergence and re-emergence of diseases caused by
mosquito-borne pathogens (e.g., West Nile, Chikungunya, and
Zika viruses) have spurred interest in, or revitalized programs for, mosquito surveillance and control.
Parasitic watermites are of interest because they are known
to decrease the longevity and fecundity of their female
This review provides mosquito biologists with a guide to
what is currently known about the identity of mite parasites
and mosquito hosts, and their geographic distribution, and should encourage and
facilitate basic and applied research on water mite
parasitism of mosquitoes.