Diplaegidia gladiator   (Haller)


 
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Passenger Pigeon Mite
(Diplaegidia gladiator)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Canada
USA

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: 1914

 
I like to claim that nobody really has a heart for mites, especially not for the parasitic species - however, even these creatures have their place in nature, and therfore their right to exist.

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The Passenger Pigeon Mite was spezialised to a single host species, the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius (L.)), a bird species once counting billions of individuals but now extirpated.

The mite disappeared together with its host at the beginning of the 20. century.

This is one of the countless cases of coextinction, and like most of these cases remains completely unnoticed by public.

 
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