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A new genus of the mite family Scutacaridae (Acari: Heterostigmata) associated with Trinervitermes trinervoides (Isoptera: Termitidae) from South Africa

ALEXANDER A. KHAUSTOV, ELIZABETH A. HUGO-COETZEE, SERGEY G. ERMILOV

Abstract


A new monotypic genus of scutacarid mites, Gerdalbertia gen. nov. (Acari: Pygmephoroidea: Scutacaridae), with type species G. elongata sp. nov. is described from nests of and phoretic on termites, Trinervitermes trinervoides (Sjostedt, 1911) (Isoptera: Termitidae), from South Africa. The taxonomic position of the new genus is discussed.


Keywords


Pygmephoroidea, systematics, new genus, new species, phoresy, termite, Africa, Acari

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