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A new species of Myrmozercon Berlese (Acari: Mesostigmata: Laelapidae) associated with ant from Iran

Babaeian, E.; Joharchi, O. and Saboori, A.


2013 - Volume: 53 Issue: 4 pages: 453-460

DOI: 10.1051/acarologia/20132109

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Myrmozercon Laelapidae Formica sp. new species taxonomy Iran

Abstract

Myrmozercon sternalis n. sp., a new laelapid mite (Acari: Mesostigmata) is described and illustrated based on females collected in the nest of Formica sp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Karaj region, Iran. The new species differs from almost all other species in the genus by very elongate peritreme, distinctive and horse-shoe like of the sternal shield and also edentate cheliceral digits. The ecological role of Myrmozercon is not clear, but may be parasites of ants

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Date received:
2013-07-26
Date accepted:
2013-09-30
Date published:
2013-12-19

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© 2013 Babaeian, E.; Joharchi, O. and Saboori, A.

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