BP 16 Natalie Peck
Location of collection: GGC BEAVER POND: Terrestrial insect.
Date of collection: First week of September, 2012
Date Project Began: September, 12, 2012
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: Used to measure species richness, and relative abundance.
Distinguishing morphological features of Order:
- Large clamping mouthpiece with teeth like structures for chewing
- Large eyes
- Large head
- Small antennae
- Segmented/joined pairs of legs legs
- Dark segmented belly
- Fine, hairlike structures protruding from backside
Subclass: Acari Leach
Superorder: Acariformes Zakhvatkin
Sub-order: Parasitengona Oudemans
These insects can be found in open forests and grasslands. Species have the geographic range which include the necessary physical and vegetational conditions.
The life cycle consists of an egg stage (aquatic environment) followed by nymph stage, then finally maturing into adult insect, living in a terrestrial environment near the water.
What it eats:
Larval/nymphal stage --> Small insects, aquatic worms, water mites, detritus, and plants.
Adult stage --> Small insects, aquatic worms, water mites, detritus, and plants.
Larval/nymphal stage --> Aquatic habitat
Adult stage --> Terrestrial habitat
Larval/nymphal stage --> Plant growth stimulation, and nutrient cycling.
Adult stage --> At the adult stage they play an important role in the food chain, and also participate in plant growth stimulation and nutrient cycling.
Economic/agricultural/human health importance:
Larval/nymphal stage -->
Adult stage -->
Piona sp. BOLD:AAB8101 voucher MYMCA-02-15 cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) gene, partial cds; mitochondrial
Taxonomy ID: 1251541
mitochondrion Piona sp. BOLD:AAB8101
PCR primers: fwd sequence: attcaaccaatcataaagatattgg
reverse sequence: taaacttctggatgtccaaaaaatca
PCR primers fwd sequence: ggtcaacaaatcataaagatattgg
reverse sequence: taaacttcagggtgaccaaaaaatca