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Association between Mites and Leaf Domatia: Evidence from Bangladesh, South Asia
Shelley A. Rozario
Journal of Tropical Ecology
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb., 1995), pp. 99-108
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2560145
Page Count: 10
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Mites use the leaf domatia of many woody plant species in Australasia and North America. Different types of leaf domatia, including pits, pockets and tuft domatia, are present among plant species in disturbed forests, plantations and gardens of Bangladesh in South Asia. These structures are frequently occupied by mites. Pooling across all species, domatia were often (66%) occupied by mites and used by them for shelter, egg-laying and development. On average, 70% of all mites on leaves were found in domatia, and over three-quarters of these were potentially beneficial (i.e. of predaceous or microbivorous taxa) to the plant. Further, when species were pooled across sites, leaves of domatia-bearing plants had significantly more predaceous mites than those of plants without domatia. These results are consistent with the patterns of mite-domatia association reported in Australasia, North America and North Asia and with predictions of mutualism between plants and mites.
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