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Published: 2020-10-01

A review of the family Alycidae (Acari, Acariformes) from South Africa

Zoological Museum, Centre for Biodiversity, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland
Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520, South Africa
Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520, South Africa
Acari Endeostigmata Alycini Bimichaeliini Petralycini Proteromichaeliini systematics new taxa South Africa


A taxonomic study of the family Alycidae G. Canestrini & Fanzago in South Africa revealed nine species of which seven are new to science: Alycus augrabiensis sp. nov., Pachygnathus nasutus sp. nov., Amphialycus acaciae sp. nov., A. adustus sp. nov., A. mayteni sp. nov. (Alycini); Laminamichaelia furcula sp. nov. (Bimichaeliini); and Proteromichaelia sila gen. et sp. nov. (Proteromichaeliini trib. nov.). The four previously known species of Alycidae are redescribed: Amphialycus oblongus (Halbert, 1920), Laminamichaelia shibai nom. nov. (=B. ramosus Shiba, 1976, nom. preocc.), Petralycus longicornis Theron, 1977 and P. brevicornis Theron, 1977. Keys to tribes of the family Alycidae and to genera and species recorded in South Africa are provided.



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How to Cite

UUSITALO, M., UECKERMANN, E. A., & THERON, P. D. (2020). A review of the family Alycidae (Acari, Acariformes) from South Africa. Zootaxa, 4858(3), 301–340.