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8 February 2018 Seasonal variation of a population Unionicola penicillatus (Unionicolidae) from the freshwater bivalve Cristaria plicata (Unionidae) in Poyang Lake, eastern China
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The water mite Unionicola penicillatus (Wen, Gao & Zhu) (Acari: Unionicolidae) was collected in freshwater bivalve Cristaria plicata (Unionidae). The population variation of U. penicillatus was investigated in 504 bivalves during the period from August 2013 to July 2014 in Poyang Lake, East China. The results indicated that the overall prevalence and abundance of U. penicillatus was 9.52% and 1.58±10.38. The highest prevalence was 58.70% in September. The highest abundance levels were observed when the length of bivalves was in 220– 300 mm. The number of U. penicillatus in a host was not correlated with the sex of bivalves. The outer and inner gills of bivalves were the preferred sites of U. penicillatus.

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Fei Zhang, Jian Cheng, Chungen Wen, Baoqing Hu, Gang Yang, and Shaoqing Jian "Seasonal variation of a population Unionicola penicillatus (Unionicolidae) from the freshwater bivalve Cristaria plicata (Unionidae) in Poyang Lake, eastern China," Systematic and Applied Acarology 23(2), 288-295, (8 February 2018). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.23.2.5
Received: 28 September 2017; Accepted: 1 January 2018; Published: 8 February 2018
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