mites (Acari, Trombiculidae) parasitizing small mammals in the Eastern
Hindu Kush and some other Afghan areas
M. Daniel, A.A.
Stekolnikov, M. Hakimitabar and A. Saboori
Parasitology Research, 107
(5): 1221-1233 (2010).
S U M M A R Y
mites of Afghanistan were studied on
the base of collections made in Eastern and Central Hindu
Kush, Kabul, and some other localities. Fifteen chigger
species parasitizing nine species of Rodentia, two species of
Lagomorpha, and one species of Soricomorpha were found,
including 13 species which were not previously recorded in
Afghanistan. Eco-geographical variability is observed in
Shunsennia oudemansi: Individuals of
this species from
high-mountain localities of Eastern Hindu Kush are characterized
by larger values of most morphometric characters
than the specimens collected in Kabul. Vertical and
horizontal distribution of chiggers and chigger-host relationships
in Eastern Hindu Kush is discussed. Comparison of our
data with that on chigger fauna in the region of Tirich Mir
clearly demonstrates the role of the Eastern Hindu Kush
main ridge as a border between different chigger faunas.