M A Haq*
International Faculty Exchange Programme, Division of Acarology, Department of Zoology, University of Calicut, Malappuram, Kerala, India
*Corresponding Author: M A Haq, International Faculty Exchange Programme, Division of Acarology, Department of Zoology, University of Calicut, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
Received: January 24, 2020; Published: February 11, 2020
Archegozetes Longisetosus Aoki 1965 by virtue of its extreme adaptational peculiarities has attained convincing evidence of its pantropical distribution. Diversity in food habits, extreme tolerance to hazardous environmental setup, acquisition of ‘enemy free life space’ marvelous rate of fecundity, cheap and amenable mass culturing inputs and the like have been instrumental to raise the status of the mite as a model organism of Chelicerate group. This has opened further insights into various research studies mainly on nutritional and developmental aspects of the mite, many fold times better than earlier. Obviously, still there exits lacuna of detailed studies on the life stages of this mite. The present study, therefore has been an attempt to gather knowledge on nutritional habits and developmental biology, providing data on the morphological traits of the various life stages of the mite. Detection of profound feeding affinity towards two species of mosses and two species of liverworts, exceedingly well and new inputs on feeding of more higher plant materials could also be evidenced, facilitating wider potential of the species for better biodegradative ability. The most advantageous outcome of the study relates to the provision of life history of individual stages of the mite with duration and diagnostic features of all life stages in the development of the mite.
Keywords: Oribatid Mite; Model Organism; Pantropical Distribution; Biodegradation; Nutrition; Development; Kerala
Citation: M A Haq. “Nutritional Ecology, Developmental Biology and Life Stages of the Model Mite, Archegozetes Longisetosus Aoki, 1965". Acta Scientific Agriculture 4.3 (2020): 01-27.
Copyright: © 2020 M A Haq. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.