Insular biogeography: of mice and mites

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Science  31 Oct 1975:
Vol. 190, Issue 4213, pp. 467-469
DOI: 10.1126/science.1166314


The number of mite species using cricetid rodents in North America is related to the host distributional areas. The age and latitude of the distributional areas have unimportant effects on the number of mite species using a rodent species. The relation between species and areas is analogous to species equilibrium numbers of island faunas.