PAPER: Mites in weaver nests2012-07-30 (246)
Chaudhury S, Gupta SK, Saha GK. 2012. Synanthropic acarine population associated with bird nests. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(5): 2603-2608
Nests of weavers and other birds nests may host a variety of parasitic, predatory and saprophagous mites. The mites feed on chicks, adults and fungus growing on the faeces of the birds.
In this study 32 different nests of 6 bird species in India were collected and the mites extracted with a Tullgren Funnel apparatus. Mites collected from 5 nests of the Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar were (number indicates sequence in text):
The listing in the table of the article omits some of these mite records, lists them in a different sequence and lists Dermatophagoides farinae instead of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus.
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Photo: Example of a nest mite - Pellonyssus reedi from a Southern Masked Weaver nest.
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