The genus Arthrodamaeus Grandjean (Acariformes, Oribatida, Gymnodamaeidae)
1997 - Volume: 38 Issue: 3 pages: 297-307
KeywordsAcari Oribatida Gymnodamaeidae new species identification key West Mediterranean Arthrodamaeus
A revision of the genus Arthrodamaeus Grandjean, 1954 is given, together with a discussion about the true identity of the type species, A. reticulatus Berlese, 1910. Five new species from the western Mediterranean region are described: A. mediterraneus sp. nov., A. rosarius sp. nov., A. bicristatus sp. nov., A. octosetosus sp. nov. and A. cereus sp. nov. The type species, A. reticulatus, is redescribed. An identification key for the seven known species is provided. Finally, some considerations about the distribution of the genus (basically Mediterranean) and its adaptations to thermic and xeric conditions are given.
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