For an analytically infinite Riemann surface R, we consider the action of the quasiconformal mapping class group MCG(R) on the Teichmüller space T(R), which preserves the fibers of the projection α: T(R) → AT(R) onto the asymptotic Teichmüller space AT(R). We prove that if MCG(R) has a common fixed point α(p) AT(R), then it acts discontinuously on the fiber T p over α(p), which is a separable subspace of T(R). In particular, this implies that MCG(R) is a countable group. This is a generalization of a fact that MCG(R) acts discontinuously on T o = T(R) for an analytically finite Riemann surface R.
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