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Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite family Nesozetidae (Acari, Oribatida)

SERGEY G. ERMILOV, ELIZABETH A. HUGO-COETZEE, PIETER D. THERON, VALERIE M. BEHAN-PELLETIER

Abstract


A new oribatid mite species of the genus Nesozetes (Oribatida, Nesozetidae) is described from moss (Sphagnum sp.) on the seepage area below a permanent spring in South Africa. Nesozetes membranus sp. nov. differs from its only congener, Nesozetes rostropterus, described from Fiji, by the presence of a second pair of membranes located in the podosomal region, setiform bothridial setae and striate subcapitular mentum. A revised diagnosis of Nesozetidae, discussion on its taxonomic status, and information on distribution and ecology of Nesozetes species are given.

 


Keywords


Acari, Nesozetes, systematics, morphology, new species, family diagnosis, South Africa

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4358.2.5

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