Alexandr A. Stekolnikov

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Academic degree: Doctor of Biological Sciences
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Position: Leading Researcher
Contact phone: +7 (812) 328-07-11, ext. 191
Educational background: Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences, Chair of Invertebrate Zoology, 1992.
  • “Fauna and systematics of the mites from the Neotrombicula Complex (family Trombiculidae) of Russia and neighbouring territories.” (PhD)
  • “Variability and structure of species in chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae).” (PhD habilitation)
Research interests: Zoology, parasitology, taxonomy of chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae & Leeuwenhoekiidae), geographical variation, ways of speciation, sympatry of close species, problems of diagnostics, methods of multivariate statistics in taxonomy, philosophy of biological systematics.
Field studies: Krasnodar Krai (1991-2003), Stavropol Krai (1996), Karachai-Cherkessia (1995-2000), Kabardino-Balkaria (1996), Dagestan (1990), Altai (2005), Uzbekistan (1993), Kyrgyzstan (1998), Turkey (1998, 2009), Armenia (2013), Iran (2017).
Professional membership: All-Russian Entomological Society,
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Scientific projects and grants:
  • RFBR 13-04-00028 a: “Speciation in chigger mites: morphological, geographical and ecological aspects” (2013-2015);
  • RFBR 16-04-00145 a: “Zoogeographic divisions of Africa according to the faunistic and taxonomic data on chigger mites” (2016-2018);
  • RFBR 17-54-560013 Iran_a: “Chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of Northern Iran: taxonomy and veterinary importance” (2017-2019);
  • RFBR 19-04-00532 a: “Taxonomy and ecology of Southeast Asian trombiculids” (2019-2021).
Selected Publications:
  • Chaisiri K., Gill A.C., Stekolnikov A.A., Hinjoy S., McGarry J.W., Darby A.C., Morand S., Makepeace B.L. 2019. Ecological and microbiological diversity of chigger mites, including vectors of scrub typhus, on small mammals across stratified habitats in Thailand. Animal Microbiome, 1: 18.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Al-Ghamdi S.Q., Alagaili A.N., Makepeace B.L. 2019. First data on chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of Saudi Arabia, with a description of four new species. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 24 (10): 1937-1963.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Quetglas J. 2019. Bat-infesting chiggers (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of the Balearic Islands and new data on the genus Trisetica Traub et Evans, 1950. Folia Parasitologica, 66: 017.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Kessler S.E., Matthee S., Hasiniaina A.F., Radespiel U., Zimmermann E., Durden L.A. 2019. A new species of Schoutedenichia Jadin & Vercammen-Grandjean, 1954 from Madagascar and a re-description of S. dutoiti (Radford, 1948) from South Africa (Acariformes: Trombiculidae). Systematic Parasitology, 96 (8): 703-713.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Mohammadi Bavani M., Rafinejad J., Saboori A. 2019. A new species of chigger mite (Acariformes: Trombiculidae: Leeuwenhoekiinae) collected from a scorpion in Iran. International Journal of Acarology, 45 (6-7): 341-346.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2019. A catalogue of the holotypes of chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) at the Natural History Museum of Geneva. Zootaxa, 4620 (1): 1-71.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Matthee S. 2019. Six new and one little known species of chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) from South Africa. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 24 (3): 435-466.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Saboori A., Shamsi M., Hakimitabar M. 2019. Chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of Iran. Zootaxa, 4549: 1-66.
  • Sungvornyothin S., Kumlert R., Paris D.H., Prasartvit A., Sonthayanon P., Apiwathnasorn C., Morand S., Stekolnikov A.A., Sumruayphol S. 2019. Geometric morphometrics of the scutum for differentiation of trombiculid mites within the genus Walchia (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Trombiculidae), a probable vector of scrub typhus. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 10 (2): 495-503.
  • Kumlert R., Chaisiri K., Anantatat T., Stekolnikov A.A., Morand S., Prasartvit A., Makepeace B.L., Sungvornyothin S., Paris D.H. 2018. Autofluorescence microscopy for paired-matched morphological and molecular identification of individual chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae), the vectors of scrub typhus. PLoS ONE, 13 (3): e0193163.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2018. African chiggers (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) in the collection of Alex Fain, with a description of a new genus and three new species. Acarologia, 58 (2): 265-286.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2018. Taxonomy and distribution of African chiggers (Acariformes, Trombiculidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 395: 1-233.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Tretyakov K.A. 2018. The first record of a chigger mite of the genus Neotrombicula (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) in the Northwest of European Russia. Entomological Review, 98 (2): 255-258.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Waap H., Gomes J., Antunes T. 2016. Chigger mites of the genus Ericotrombidium (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) attacking pets in Europe. Veterinary Parasitology, 221: 60-63.
  • Chaisiri K., Stekolnikov A.A., Makepeace B.L., Morand S. 2016. A revised checklist of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Thailand, with the description of three new species. Journal of Medical Entomology, 53 (2): 321–342.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Kar S. 2015. A case of domestic goat parasitism by Neotrombicula heptneri (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) in Turkey. Acarologia, 55 (4): 355-359.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., González-Acuña D. 2015. A review of Chilean chiggers (Acari: Trombiculidae), with the description of a new genus and ten new species. Zootaxa, 3964 (1): 1-43.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Pfliegler W.P., Sciberras A. 2014. Contributions to the fauna of reptilian chiggers (Acari: Trombiculidae) from the Central Mediterranean, with a description of one new species. International Journal of Acarology, 40 (8): 588-594.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Ballardini M., Mignone W., Scapin P., Ulbano M., Marsan A., Balduzzi A. 2014. First finding of the chigger mite Neotrombicula talmiensis (Acari: Trombiculidae) in Italy. International Journal of Acarology, 40 (6): 419-420.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Santibáñez P., Palomar A.M., Oteo J.A. 2014. Neotrombicula inopinata (Acari: Trombiculidae) - a possible causative agent of trombiculiasis in Europe. Parasites & Vectors, 7: 90.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2014. A new genus and two new species of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from the Laotian rock-rat Laonastes aenigmamus Jenkins, Kilpatrick, Robinson & Timmins (Rodentia: Diatomyidae). Systematic Parasitology, 87 (1): 21-31.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2013. Leptotrombidium (Acari: Trombiculidae) of the World. Zootaxa, 3728: 1-173.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Carranza S., Gómez-Díaz E. 2012. A new genus and species of Apoloniinae (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Oman. Zootaxa, 3499: 74-80.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., González-Acuña D. 2012. A revision of the chigger mite genus Paratrombicula Goff & Whitaker, 1984 (Acari: Trombiculidae), with the description of two new species. Systematic Parasitology, 83 (2): 105-115.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Daniel M. 2012. Chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) of Turkey. Zootaxa, 3216: 1-104.
  • Shatrov A.B., Stekolnikov A.A. 2011. Redescription of a human-infesting European trombiculid mite Kepkatrombicula desaleri (Acari: Trombiculidae) with data on its mouthparts and stylostome. International Journal of Acarology, 37, Suppl. 1: 176-193.
  • Bochkov A.V., Abramov A.V., Durden L.A., Apanaskevich D.A., Stekolnikov A.A., Stanyukovich M.K., Gnophanxay S., Tikhonov A.N. 2011. Arthropod symbiotes of Laonastes aenigmamus (Rodentia: Diatomyidae). Journal of Parasitology, 97 (2): 352-353.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A., Hakimitabar M., Saboori A. 2010. Chigger mites (Acari, Trombiculidae) parasitizing small mammals in the Eastern Hindu Kush and some other Afghan areas. Parasitology Research, 107 (5): 1221-1233.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Klimov P.B. 2010. A revision of chiggers of the minuta species-group (Acari: Trombiculidae: Neotrombicula Hirst, 1925) using multivariate morphometrics. Systematic Parasitology, 77 (1): 55-69.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., González-Acuña D. 2010. Four new species of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) of the genus Eutrombicula from Chile. International Journal of Acarology, 36 (4): 313-325.
  • Kudryashova N.I., Stekolnikov A.A. 2010. Kepkatrombicula nom. n., a new name for the chigger mite genus Eutonella Kudryashova, 1988 (Acari: Trombiculidae), with notes on its systematics. Acarina. Russian Journal of Acarology, 18 (1): 79-80.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2009. Chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Makalu Region in Nepal Himalaya, with a description of three new species. Journal of Medical Entomology, 46 (4): 753-765.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2008. Two new species of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) close to Neotrombicula minuta, application of nonlinear multivariate statistics. Acarina. Russian Journal of Acarology, 16 (1): 21-29.
  • Literak I., Stekolnikov A.A., Sychra O., Dubska L., Taragelova V. 2008. Larvae of chigger mites Neotrombicula spp. (Acari: Trombiculidae) exhibited Borrelia but no Anaplasma infections: a field study including birds from the Czech Carpathians as hosts of chiggers. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 44 (4): 307-314.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2007. Truth of classifications in taxonomy. The Linnaean Miscellanea (Sbornik Trudov Zoologicheskogo Muzeya MGU 48, Moscow, Moscow Univ. Publ.): 101-122.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Literák I., Čapek M., Havlíček M. 2007. Chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from wild birds in Costa Rica, with a description of three new species. Folia Parasitologica, 54 (1): 59-67.
  • Ripka G., Stekolnikov A.A. 2006. First finding of the chigger mite Blankaartia acuscutellaris (Acari Trombiculidae) on a human host in Europe. Belgian Journal of Entomology, 8 (2): 147-151.
  • Imaz A., Galicia D., Moraza M.L., Stekolnikov A.A. 2006. Contribution to the knowledge of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) parasitizing Apodemus sylvaticus (L.) (Rodentia, Muridae) on the Iberian Peninsula. Acarologia, 46 (1-2): 53-64.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2006. Three new species and new records of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Cuba. Acarina. Russian Journal of Acarology, 14 (1): 69-78.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2006. Geographical variation in the species Montivagum dihumerale and speciation in chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae). Parazitologiya, 40 (1): 26-46.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2006. Three new species and new records of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) from East Hindukush, Pakistan. Acarologia, 45 (4): 273-285.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2004. Chigger mites of the genus Eutrombicula Ewing, 1938 (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Cuba, with the description of three new species. Folia Parasitologica, 51 (4): 359-366.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2004. Variability in Leptotrombidium europaeum and two new related chigger mite species (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Caucasus. Parazitologiya, 38 (5): 388-405.
  • Stekolnikov A.A., Fain A. 2004. A new genus and four new species of chigger mites (Acari Trombiculidae) from Madagascar. Belgian Journal of Entomology, 6 (2): 337-352.
  • Fain A., Stekolnikov A.A. 2004. A new species of the genus Guntheria (Acari Trombiculidae) from a duck-billed platypus collected in the New South Wales. Belgian Journal of Entomology, 6 (1): 69-73.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2003. A problem of truth in biological systematics. Zhurnal obshchej biologii, 64 (4): 357-368.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2003. Intraspecific variability and sympatria in closely related chigger mites species of the genus Hirsutiella (Acari: Trombiculidae). Parazitologiya, 37 (4): 281-297.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2003. To the fauna of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) parasitize bats in Cuba. Acarologia, 43 (1): 29-37.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2003. Chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) new to the fauna of Cuba, with the description of two new species. Folia Parasitologica, 50 (2): 143-150.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2002. Variability of chigger mites of the N. talmiensis group, genus Neotrombicula Hirst, 1925 (Acari, Trombiculidae) in areas of sympatry in the Western Caucasus. Entomological Review, 82 (9): 1178-1189.
  • Daniel M., Stekolnikov A.A. 2002. New data on chigger mites of the subfamily Leeuwenhoekiinae (Acari: Trombiculidae) parazitizing bats in Cuba. Acarina. Russian Journal of Acarology, 10 (2): 149-154.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2001. New species and sympatric relations of the chigger mite species group talmiensis (Trombiculidae, Neotrombicula). Parazitologiya, 35 (6): 496-518.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2001. On the systematics of the genus Eutonella Kudryashova, 1988 (Acari: Trombiculidae). Acarina. Russian Journal of Acarology, 9 (1): 97-104.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2001. Intraspecific variance of chaetotactic characters in the chigger mite genus Hirsutiella (Acari: Trombiculidae). Parazitologiya, 35 (1): 19-26.
  • Stekolnikov A.A. 2001. Systematics of chigger mites of the genus Hirsutiella Schluger et Vysotzkaya, 1970 (Acari, Trombiculidae). Entomological Review, 81 (9): 1059-1078.