The species composition and distribution of the genus Unionicola (Acari: Hydracarina: Unionicolidae) - parasites of Unionidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionidae) in river basins of Ukraine

T. Shevchuk

Zhytomyr State University named after Ivan Franko
40,Velyka Berdychivska St., Zhytomyr 10008, Ukraine
tetyana_shevchuk5@ukr.net

Six species of mites Unionicola Haldeman, 1842 genus: U. ypsilophora Bonz, 1783, U.intermedia Koenike, 1882, U. bonzi Claparede, 1869, U. aculeata Koenike, 1980, U. crassipes Müller, 1776, U. hankoi Szalay, 1927 in river basins of Ukraine were determined. In 32% of collection points on the body of mollusks was marked U. bonzi, at 28% U. aculeata, much less met U. crassipes (13%) and U. hankoi (5%). The highest species richness of mites of genus Unionicola characteristically for a pools of Pripyat and Dnieper River, and the smallest one the Western Bug. In 75 100% mollusks infested by mites of the genus Unionicola occurred in slow waters and less in rivers (67%) the basine.


Keywords: Unionicola, distribution, mollusks, river basins of Ukraine


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