Simmons Coauthors Review Article on Mosquito Parasites

Posted on 5/2/2016 2:22:45 PM

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 mosquito hosts.

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.Arrenurus mites