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 Berlese, 1901




Two new species of soil-dwelling penthalodid mites of the genus and , are described. Diagnostic descriptions of both the family Penthalodidae and the genus 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 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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