Norman J. Fashing

Year of arrival 1973. Professor, tenured. B.A., Biology, California State University, Chico, 1965; M.A., Biology, California State University, Chico, 1967; Ph.D., Entomology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1973. Entomology/Acarology. Behavioral Ecology, Functional Morphology, Community Ecology, Systematics of non-parasitic astigmatid mites. 


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  Current Research

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Publications (William & Mary Undergraduate William& Mary Masters Student)

  • Fashing, N.J. and A. Glist. 2012. A new Fusohericia (Acari: Astigmata: Algophagidae) from Costa Rica.  Systematic and Applied Acarology 17(3): 318-322.
  • Fashing, Peter J., Nga Nguyen and Norman J. Fashing.  2010. Behavior of geladas and other endemic wildlife during a desert locust outbreak at Guassa, Ethiopia: Ecological and Conservation Implications.  Primates 51: 193-197
  • Fashing, N. J.  2010.  Life-history and biology of Hormosianoetus mallotae (Fashing) (Histiostomatidae: Astigmata), an obligatory inhabitant of water-filled treeholes.  International Journal of Acarology 36 (3):  189-198.  Selected as an “Editor's Choice” article.
  • Fashing, N.J.  2010.  Two novel adaptations for dispersal in the mite family Histiostomatidae (Astigmata), pp. 81-84.  In Sabelis, M.W. and J. Bruin (eds.), Trends in Acarology (printed book version), Springer. ISBN: 978-90-481-9836-8
  • Fashing, N.J.  2009.  Two novel adaptations for dispersal in the mite family Histiostomatidae (Astigmata), pp. 81-84.  In Sabelis, M.W. and J. Bruin (eds.), Trends in Acarology (CD version), The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. PDF
  • Fashing, N. J. 2008.  Mate-guarding in the genus Creutzeria (Astigmata: Histiostomatidae), a natatorial inhabitant of the fluid-filled pitchers of Nepenthes (Nepentheaceae).  Systematic and Applied Acarology 13: 163-171. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. and E.L. Orlova.  2008.  Functional morophology of mechanoreceptors in astigmatic mites.  pp. 89-97. In: M. Bertrand, S. Kreiter, K.D. McCoy, A. Migeon, M. Navajas, M.-S. Tixier and L. Vial (Eds.)  Integrative Acarology. European Association of Acarologists.   ISBN 978-2-9532656-0-6   PDF
  • Fashing, N.J.  2008. Biology of the genus Hericia (Algophagidae : Astigmata), with the description of a new species from the eastern United States. Systematic and Applied Acarology 13: 3–25. PDF
  • Satterlee, Sarah M. and Norman J. Fashing.  2007.  A preliminary investigation of cues used by mesostigmatic mites to locate their passalid beetle hosts.  In J. Morales-Malacara, V. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann, T. Perez, E. Estrada, and M. Badii (eds.), Acarology XI: Proceedings of the International Congress, Instituto de Biololgía, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.  pp 241-248. PDF
  • King, Andrew and Norman Fashing. 2007. Infanticidal behavior in the subsocial beetle Odontotaenius disjunctus (Illiger) (Coleoptera: Passalidae).  Journal of Insect Behavior 20: 527-536.
  • Fashing, Norman .J., and Andrew Burton.  2007.  Zibethacarus beeri (Astigmata: Glycyphagidae), a new mite species inhabiting vole nests in western Oregon, U.S.A.  Systematic and Applied Acarology 12 (2): 161-166.  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J.  2007.  Fine structure of the genital papillae of Hormosianoetus mallotae (Fashing) (Astigmata: Histiostomatidae), an obligatory inhabitant of water-filled treeholes.  In K. M. El Kammah, Proceedings of 3rd African Acarology Symposium.  Cairo University, Giza, Egypt. (reprint of 2004 article).  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. and K. Okabe.  2006.  Hericia sanukiensis, a new species of Algophagidae (Astigmata) inhabiting sap flux in Japan.  Systematic and Applied Acarology Special Publications 22: 1-14.  PDF.
  • Childers, C.C., W.C. Welbourn and N.J. Fashing.  2006.  A Ranking Model and List to Identify Foreign Tetranychoidea Pests of Agricultural and Environmental Significance to the United States.  The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).  For the full report, please contact Michael Hennessey, at Michael.K.Hennessey@aphis.usda.gov.  For a partial report published on the internet, please see: http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/mites/Invasive_Mite_Identification/key/Whole_site/Tet_files/Tetranychoidea_report.htm
  • Fashing, N.J.  2005.  Life history and biology of Sarraceniopus darlingtoniae (Histiostomatidae: Astigmata), an obligatory inhabitant of the fluid-filled pitchers of Darlingtonia californica (Sarraceniaceae).  Phytophaga 14: 299-305. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J.  2005. Mate guarding in the genus Zwickia (Astigmata : Histiostomatidae), a natatorial inhabitant of the fluid-filled pitchers of Nepenthes (Nepentheaceae). Phytophaga 14: :149-154  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J.  2004.  Fine structure of the genital papillae of Hormosianoetus mallotae (Fashing) (Astigmata: Histiostomatidae), an obligatory inhabitant of water-filled treeholes.  International Journal of Acarology:  359-367.  PDF
  • Turnbull, M. W. and N. J. Fashing. 2002. Efficacy of the ventral abdominal secretion of the cockroach Eurycotis floridana (Blatteria : Blattidae) as a defense allomone.  Journal of Insect Behavior 15: 369-384.  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J., and T.H. Chua.  2002.  Systematics and ecology of Naiadacarus nepenthicola, a new species of Acaridae (Acari : Astigmata) inhabiting the pitchers of Nepenthes bicalcarata Hook. F. in Brunei Darussalam.  International Journal of Acarology 28: 157-167.  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J.  2002.  Nepenthacarus, a new genus of Histiostomatidae (Acari : Astigmata) inhabiting the pitchers of Nepenthes mirabilis (Lour.) Druce in Far North Queensland, Australia.  Australian Journal of Entomology 41: 7-17. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. 2001. Morphological adaptations associated with mate-guarding behaviour in the genus Hericia (Algophagidae : Astigmata). In R.B. Halliday, D.E. Walter, H.C. Proctor, R.A. Norton and M.J. Colloff (eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Acarology, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. PDF 
  • Fashing, N.J., B.M. OConnor and R. Kitching. 2000. Lamingtonacarus, a new genus of Algophagidae (Acari : Astigmata) from water-filled treeholes in Queensland, Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy 14: 591-606 PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. 1999. Functional morphology as an aid in determining trophic behavior: The placement of astigmatic mites in food webs of water-filled treeholes. In J. Bruin, L.P.S. van der Geest and M.W. Sabilis (eds.), Ecology and Evolution of the Acari, Kluwer Academic Press, pp. 333-347. (reprilnt of 1998 article) 
  • Fashing, N.J. 1998. Functional morphology as an aid in determining trophic behavior: Placement of astigmatic mites in the food webs of water-filled treeholes. Experimental and Applied Acarology 22: 435-453.   PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. and K.S. Marcuson. 1996. Fine structure of the auxillary organs of Fusohericia lawrencei Baker and Crossley (Astigmata : Algophagidae). In R. Mitchell, D.J. Horn, G.R. Needham, and W.C. Welbourn (eds.), Acarology IX: Proceedings, The Ohio Biological Survey, Columbus, pp. 381-384.  PDF
  • Fashing, N.J., B.M. OConnor and R.J. Kitching. 1996. Adaptations for swimming in the genus Creutzeria (Histiostomatidae: Astigmata). In R. Mitchell, D.J. Horn, G.R. Needham, and W.C. Welbourn (eds.), Acarology IX: Proceedings, Vol. 1. The Ohio Biological Survey, Columbus, pp 385-388 
  • Hubard, C.K. and N.J. Fashing. 1996. Carpoglyphus nidicolous - a new species of Carpoglyphidae (Acarina : Astigmata) inhabiting the nests of swallows. Inernational Journal of Acarology 22: 215-220. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. 1994. A new species of Leipothrix (Eriophyidae : Prostigmata) from the cobra lily, Darlingtonia californica. International Journal of Acarology, 20:99-101. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. 1994. A novel habitat for larvae of the fishfly Chauliodes pectinicornis (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Banisteria, 3:25-26. PDF
  • Fashing, N.J. 1994. Life history patterns of astigmatid inhabitants of water-filled treeholes. (Invited Chapter) In M.A. Houck (ed.), Mites: Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis of Life-History Patterns. Chapman & Hall, New York. pp. 160-185.
  • Wooddy, M.W. and N.J. Fashing. 1993. The ability of Rhizoglyphus robini to subsist solely on a diet of filter paper. International Journal of Acarology 19: 345-348. 
  • Fashing, G. K. and N. J. Fashing. 1993. The dental needs of high school students in Newport News, Virginia: A pilot study. Virginia Dental Journal 70: 32-43.
  • Fashing, N.J. and D.M. Campbell. 1992. Observations on the feeding biology of Algophagus pennsylvanicus (Astigmata : Algophagidae),a mite restricted to water- filled treeholes. Inter. J. Acarology 18: 77-81. 
  • Fashing, N.J. and W.J. Hefele. 1991. Biology of Rhizoglyphus robini (Astigmata : Acaridae) reared on Bot and Meyer artificial medium. In F. Dusbabek and V. Bukva (eds.), Modern Acarology, Vol. 1., Academic, Prague and SPB Academic Publishing, The Hague, pp. 499-503. 
  • Fashing, N.J. 1991. Deutonymphal dimorphism in the genus Hericia (Astigmata : Algophagidae). In F. Dusbabek and V. Bukva (eds.), Modern Acarology, Vol.1., Academic, Prague and SPB Academic Publishing, The Hague. PP. 287- 294. PDF
  • Lassiter, M.T. and N.J. Fashing. 1990. House dust mites in Williamsburg, Virginia. Virginia Medical, April, 152-157.
  •  Fashing, N. J.  1988.  Fine structure of the Claparede organs and genital papillae of Naiadacarus arboricola (Astigmata : Acaridae), an inhabitant of water-filled treeholes.  In C. ChannaBasavanna and C. Viraktamath (eds.), Progress in Acarology, Vol. 1, Oxford & IBH Pub. Co., New Delhi, pp. 219-228.  PDF
  • Middleton, D. and N. J. Fashing.  1985.  The immature instars of Algophagus pennsylvanicus Fashing & Wiseman (Astigmata : Algophagidae).  Inter. J. Acarol. 11: 223-226. PDF
  • Fashing, N. J. and B. M. OConnor.  1984.  Sarraceniopusa  new genus for histiostomatid mites inhabiting the pitchers of the Sarraceniaceae (Astigmata : Histiostomatidae).  Inter. J. Acarol. 10:  217-227.  PDF
  • Fashing, N. J.  1984.  A possible osmoregulatory organ in the Algophagidae (Astigmata).  In D. A. Griffiths and C. E. Bowman (eds.), Acarology VI, Vol. 1., Ellis Horwood Ltd., London.  pp. 310-315.  PDF
  • Fashing, N. J.  1981.  The post-embryonic instars of a new species of Mydopholeus (Acari : Astigmata Rosensteiniidae).  Virginia J. Sci. 32:  43-49.
  • Weaver, S.* and N. J. Fashing.  1981.  Dispersal behavior and vector potential of Aedes cantator (Diptera : Culicidae) in southern Maryland.  J. Med. Entomol.  18:  317-323.  Mosquito Weaver.pdf
  • Fashing, N. J.  1980.  Neoguanolichus panamensis, a new species of Guanolichidae from bat caves in Panama (Acarina : Sarcoptiformes) Acarologia 21:  108-116.
  • Fashing, N. J. and L. L. Wiseman.  1980.  Algophagus pennsylvanicus - a new species of Hyadesidae from water- filled treeholes.  Inter. J. Acarol. 6:  79-84.  PDF
  • Fashing, N. J.  1980.  Ecology of a mite restricted to water-filled treeholes.  Bull. Oregon Entomol. Soc. 75:  623.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1979.  Naiadacarus arboricola, a "K-selected" acarid mite.  In J. G. Rodriguez (ed.), Recent Advances in Acarology, Vol. 1, Academic Press, Inc., New York, pp. 525-529.
  • Fashing, N. J. and H. Sagan.  1979.  Effect of juvenile hormone analog methoprene on Nasonia vitripennis when administered via a host, Sarcophaga bullata.  Environ. Entomol. 8:  816-818.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1977.  The resistant tritonymphal instar and its implications in the population dynamics of Naidacarus arboricola (Acarina : Acaridae).  Acarologia 18:  704-714.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1976.  The evolutionary modification of dispersal in Naiadacarus arboricola, a mite restricted to water-filled treeholes (Acarina : Acaridae).  Amer. Midland Nat.  95: 337-336.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1975.  Life history and general biology of Naiadacarus arboricola, a mite inhabiting water-filled treeholes (Acarina : Acaridae).  J. Nat. Hist. 9:  413-424.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1975.  Influence of temperature and food on development and population dynamics of Naiadacarus  arboricola (Acarina : Acaridae).  Acarologia 17:  138-152.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1974.  A new subfamily of Acaridae, the Naiadacarinae from water-filled treeholes (Acarina : Acaridae).  Acarologia 16:  166-181.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1973.  Implications of karyotypic variation in the kangaroo rat, Dipodomys heermanni.  J. Mammal. 54: 1018-1020.
  • Fashing, N. J.  1973.  The post-embryonic stages of a new species of Mauduytia (Acarina : Anoetidae).  J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 46: 454-468.  Mauduytia.pdf

Editorial Boards:    

International Journal of Acarology 

Systematic and Applied Acarology

Iranian (Persian) Journal of Acarology


Major Offices in Societies:

  • Acarological Society of America

      President 1988-89
      Secretary/Treasurer 1996-99; 2002-2006
     Governing Board Chairman 1982-83
     Governing Board Member 1979-82, 1996-99, 2001-2006
      Webmaster 1996-2006

  • Virginia Academy of Sciences: Business Manager 1982-84 
  • Virginia Natural History Society: Councilor 1995-99

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