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Proctolaclaps regalis usages Drosophila eggs and pupae as ovipositional substrate and their lifecycle closely mimics the life cycle of Drosophila

Proctolaclaps regalis usages Drosophila eggs and pupae as ovipositional substrate and their... Proctolaclaps regalis, a parasitic form of mites, feed primarily on insects. They are now domesticated in Drosophila. We have examined the ovipositional substrate preference and life cycle of the mite using four different host species of Drosophila, namely, D. melanogaster, D. simulans, D. hydei and D. virilis. We noted that female P. regalis used eggs and pupae of the four species of Drosophila as the ovipositional substrate almost at equal efficiency. Our results further reveal that the mite complete their life cycle within 16 to 25 days at 24° ± 1°C (slightly longer than the Drosophila host species). However, the humidity level and temperature of the culture condition play a predominant role in completing the life cycle of the mite. It is suggested that P. regalis has adapted their life cycle due to the co-evolutionary association with different Drosophila species. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Zoological Society Springer Journals

Proctolaclaps regalis usages Drosophila eggs and pupae as ovipositional substrate and their lifecycle closely mimics the life cycle of Drosophila

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Zoological Society, Kolkata
Subject
Life Sciences; Conservation Biology/Ecology; Biodiversity; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology; Zoology ; Life Sciences, general
ISSN
0373-5893
eISSN
0974-6919
DOI
10.1007/s12595-009-0007-3
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Abstract

Proctolaclaps regalis, a parasitic form of mites, feed primarily on insects. They are now domesticated in Drosophila. We have examined the ovipositional substrate preference and life cycle of the mite using four different host species of Drosophila, namely, D. melanogaster, D. simulans, D. hydei and D. virilis. We noted that female P. regalis used eggs and pupae of the four species of Drosophila as the ovipositional substrate almost at equal efficiency. Our results further reveal that the mite complete their life cycle within 16 to 25 days at 24° ± 1°C (slightly longer than the Drosophila host species). However, the humidity level and temperature of the culture condition play a predominant role in completing the life cycle of the mite. It is suggested that P. regalis has adapted their life cycle due to the co-evolutionary association with different Drosophila species.

Journal

Proceedings of the Zoological SocietySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 22, 2009

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