oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A new species of mite, Fusoherecia lawrencei, from an artificial tree-hole (Acarina: Glycyphagidae)

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Studies of arthropods inhabiting tree holes, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, required the development of methods for the artificial establishment and maintenance of arthropod communities in tree holes (Auerbach, 1958). One procedure involved the creation of tree holes by cutting or drilling cavities in trunks of trees. Subsequent sampling showed that the arthropod communities which developed in these cavities resembled those which develop in natural ones. A new species of Fusoherecia was found in samples from such an artificial tree hole in the trunk of a yellow poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, three years after the original cavity was created. The species did not appear in subsequent samples, and after three additional years the cavity had become closed by growth of bark.

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