Apoplophora - oriental genus of Mesoplophoroidea (Acari: Oribatida)
2000 - Volume: 41 Issue: 3 pages: 361-379
KeywordsApoplophora individual variation diagnostic characters new species synonymes
Analysis of the morphological features of a relatively large number of individuals from the genus Apoplophora has proved that certain faetures show individual variation and thus are systematically and diagnostically of little use. These features are: ornamentation of the body, number of cilia on sensili, number of aggenital and anal setae. On the other hand, the features of great taxonomic importance, showing little or so far unnoticed individual varaition, include: shape of sensillus, lenght of exobothridial setae and shape of setae c3. Analysis of these features had led to the synonymy of six species, and the description of two new species. Hence, the number of known Oriental species of Apoplophora is nine; four of which are endemic, two of wider distribution in the Orient, and three are more widely distributed species, introduced to the south and esatern Palearctic, north Australia and western Pacific islands. A key to the species of Apoplophora is given.
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