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Nests of the harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) as habitat for invertebrates

  • Agata J. Krawczyk
  • Gabriela Augustiničová
  • Dariusz J. Gwiazdowicz
  • Szymon Konwerski
  • Halina Kucharczyk
  • Izabella Olejniczak
  • Tomasz Rutkowski
  • Piotr Skubała
  • Krzysztof Solarz
  • Zuzanna Zdrojewska
  • Piotr TryjanowskiEmail author
Section Zoology


The nests of the harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) from an extensively used farmland in Western Poland were recognized as a place of occurrence of a large group of invertebrates. In total, from 42 nests 6,544 individuals of invertebrates were extracted. The number of invertebrates was positively correlated with mass of mouse nests. There were found arthropods belonging to the following groups: Arachnida: spiders, mites and pseudoscorpions; Entognatha: springtails; Insecta: Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Psocoptera, Siphonaptera and Thysanoptera. The most numerous groups were mites (Acari, 5,800 individuals) and fleas (Siphonaptera, 415 individuals). Among mites Astigmatida, Mesostigmata and Oribatida were identified. One species, Tyrophagus curvipenis (Acari: Astigmatina), was found in Poland for the first time. The study clearly showed that nests of the harvest mouse are often inhabited by invertebrates, and looks like some of them are characteristic to this particular kind of habitat.

Key words

harvest mouse nesting biology mites springtails fleas thrips Poland 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agata J. Krawczyk
    • 1
  • Gabriela Augustiničová
    • 2
  • Dariusz J. Gwiazdowicz
    • 3
  • Szymon Konwerski
    • 4
  • Halina Kucharczyk
    • 5
  • Izabella Olejniczak
    • 6
  • Tomasz Rutkowski
    • 7
  • Piotr Skubała
    • 8
  • Krzysztof Solarz
    • 9
  • Zuzanna Zdrojewska
    • 10
  • Piotr Tryjanowski
    • 10
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Environmentalistics, Constantine the Philosopher University in NitraFaculty of Natural ScienceNitraSlovakia
  3. 3.Department of Forest PathologyUniversity of Life SciencesPoznanPoland
  4. 4.Natural History Collections, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland
  5. 5.Department of ZoologyMaria Curie-Skłodowska UniversityLublinPoland
  6. 6.Institute of Ecology and BioethicsCardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in WarsawWarsawPoland
  7. 7.DąbrówkaPoland
  8. 8.Department of EcologyUniversity of SilesiaKatowicePoland
  9. 9.Department of ParasitologyMedical University of Silesia in Katowice, School of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine in SosnowiecSosnowiecPoland
  10. 10.Institute of ZoologyPoznan University of Life SciencesPoznanPoland

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