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Trombiculid mite of undetermined genus and species from Depok, Java, being fragments in the Berlese collection misidentified as Trombicula minor Berlese, 1905

Vercammen-Grandjean, P.H. ; Audy, J.R. and Pegazzano, F.

1966 - Volume: 8 Issue: 2 pages: 275-281


Trombicula Oriental region Java


Fragments (parts of legs and palp) of an nymphal trombiculid mite from the collection of the Stazione di Entomologia Agraria at Florence, and labelled ’124/14 Trombicula minor Berl. tipico. rotto. Depok, Giava, Kraepelin’ are described and illustrated although the fragments are unidentifiable as to genus or species. It is assumed that these fragments are likely to the ’alcuni frammenti’ mentioned by BERLESE in his redescription in rgrz. He included three or possibly more specimens in his type series: the alcuni jrammenti, a crumpled specimen (apparently a nymph), and a gravid female. His grounds for assuming that these three were co-specifie are absolutely unacceptable nowadays. Furthermore, the fragments now described from Depok were collected in a different cave from the original material from Tjiampea Willman in 1940 redescribed the adult female from the type slide and thus virtually designated it lectotype. The lectotype has since been destroyed but the present fragments are wholly unacceptable as a substitute because they lack too many characters essential to taxonomie characterization

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