The systematics and geographic distribution of East African Veigaiidae (Acarina, Mesostigmata)
1983 - Volume: 24 Issue: 2 pages: 129-143
KeywordsVeigaiidae Ethiopian region Oriental district
Three species of Gamasolaelaps (cervijormis, whartoni and bondwaensis n. sp.) and three species of Veigaia (exigua, planicola and uncata) are reported from East Africa. Four of the veigaiids, ali unisexual, are widely distributed outside Africa while the two bisexual species are known only from East African mountains. A comparison of severa! morphological characters in G. whartoni and V. planicola (both unisexual) from East Africa and eastern United States showed that variation . withih regions exceeded differences between continents. A key to the world species of Gamasolaelaps is included and differences separating members of the V. exigua complex are described. Altitudinal distributions of unisexual and bisexual veigaiids are compared.
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