Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_5087
Genus of mites, which parasitizes on bat species:
  • Spinturnix myoti at the greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis)

  • Spinturnix bechsteini at the Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii)

Both hosts have largely different social systems with respect to group size, mating system, and dispersal patterns. Thus there have been developed in both – bats and single mite species – completely different population genetics developed by coevolutionary pressure.

Further Readings

  1. Van Schaih J et al (2014) The effect of host social system on parasite population genetic structure: comparative population genetics of two ectoparasitic mites ad their bat hosts. Evol Biol 14:18–33Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für ZoomorphologieZellbiologie und Parasitologie, Heinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany