Laelaps (mite)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Mesostigmata
Family: Laelapidae
Genus: Laelaps
Koch, 1836
Type species
Laelaps agilis
Koch, 1836

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Laelaps hilaris drawn by Oudemans.

Laelaps is a genus of common parasitic mites in the family Laelapidae. Species, with their hosts, include:

Unnamed or unidentified species have been reported on Gerbilliscus robustus and Acomys wilsoni in Tanzania[7] and on the marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) in Florida and Georgia.[11]

Synonym of Dryptosaurus[edit]

In 1866, an incomplete theropod dinosaur skeleton (ANSP 9995) was found in New Jersey by workers in a quarry belonging to the upper part of the New Egypt Formation.[12] Paleontologist E.D. Cope described the remains, naming the creature "Laelaps" ("storm wind", after the dog in Greek mythology that never failed to catch what it was hunting).[13] "Laelaps" became one of the first dinosaurs described from North America (following Hadrosaurus, Aublysodon and Trachodon). Subsequently, it was discovered that the name "Laelaps" had already been given to a genus of mite, and Cope's lifelong rival O.C. Marsh changed the name in 1877 to Dryptosaurus.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Furman, 1972, p. 20
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Whitaker and Wilson, 1974, p. 10
  3. ^ a b Whitaker and Wilson, 1974, p. 10; Whitaker et al., 2007, p. 20
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Furman, 1972, p. 19
  5. ^ a b c Whitaker et al., 2007, p. 20
  6. ^ a b c d e Furman, 1972, p. 18
  7. ^ a b c d Stanley et al., 2007, p. 70
  8. ^ Stanley et al., 2007, p. 71
  9. ^ Whitaker and Wilson, 1974, p. 10; Whitaker et al., 2007, p. 21
  10. ^ a b Whitaker et al., 2007, p. 21
  11. ^ Worth, 1950, p. 330; Morlan, 1952, table 2
  12. ^ "Dryptosaurus." In: Dodson, Peter & Britt, Brooks & Carpenter, Kenneth & Forster, Catherine A. & Gillette, David D. & Norell, Mark A. & Olshevsky, George & Parrish, J. Michael & Weishampel, David B. The Age of Dinosaurs. Publications International, LTD. p. 112-113. ISBN 0-7853-0443-6.
  13. ^ Cope, E.D. (1866). "Discovery of a gigantic dinosaur in the Cretaceous of New Jersey." Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 18: 275-279.

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