Redescription of Cosmochthonius foliatus Subias, 1982 and supplements to the descriptions of C. reticulatus Grandjean, 1947 and C. lanatus (Michael, 1885) (acari: Oribatida: Cosmochthoniidae)
2005 - Volume: 45 Issue: 4 pages: 349-362
KeywordsCosmochthonius Cosmochthoniidae taxonomy synonymy mediterranean region cerotegument integument
The species Cosmochthonius foliatus Subias,1982 is redescribed. The transverse ridge with cerotegumental collar is proposed as the most noticeable diagnostic feature of C. foliatus. The structure of the integument of the species is illustrated with Scanning Electron Micrography (SEM).The descriptions of C reticulatus Grandjean,1947 and C. lanatus (Michael, 1885) are complemented by data based on SEM analysis. Two species are synonymised; C. trivialis Sergienko, 1991 is confirmed as the junior synonym of C. reticulatus, and C. novus Sergienko, 1991 is considered a junior synonym of C. lanatus.
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