n African Entomology - A first record of the family Penthalodidae Thor, 1932 (Acari : Prostigmata) from South African soils, with descriptions of two new species in the genus Stereotydeus Berlese, 1901
|Article Title||A first record of the family Penthalodidae Thor, 1932 (Acari : Prostigmata) from South African soils, with descriptions of two new species in the genus Stereotydeus Berlese, 1901|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Publication Date||Mar 2006|
|Pages||53 - 62|
|Keyword(s)||Eupodoidea, Penthalodidae, South Africa and Stereotydeus|
Two new species of soil-dwelling penthalodid mites of the genus Stereotydeus, Stereotydeus vaginatus and Stereotydeus pallodus, are described. Diagnostic descriptions of both the family Penthalodidae and the genus Stereotydeus are provided. The historical changes in the generic composition of the family Penthalodidae are discussed. An identification key to genera of the Penthalodidae and South African species of the genus Stereotydeus is proposed. Additional features, unique to species of some genera within the superfamily, are highlighted. A redefinition of the eupodoid mites, based on an analysis of recently described diagnostic features, is suggested.
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