Folia Parasitologica, vol. 63 (2016)

Folia Parasitologica 63:005 (2016) | 10.14411/fp.2016.005

A new mite species Schizocoptes daberti sp. n. (Acariformes: Chirodiscidae) from Chrysochloris stuhlmanni Matsche (Afrosoricida: Chrysochloridae) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Andre V. Bochkov1,2
1 Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
2 Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

A new mite species Schizocoptes daberti sp. n. (Acariformes: Chirodiscidae) from Chrysochloris stuhlmanni Matsche (Afrosoricida: Chrysochloridae) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is described. It differs from the closely related species S. conjugatus Lawrence, 1944 in both sexes by distance si-si at least twice longer than si-se (vs these distances are subequal in S. conjugatus); in females by setae cp 30-40 µm long (vs about 65 µm long), and in males by the very weakly sclerotised posterior parts of the hysteronotal shield (vs strongly sclerotised), setae d1 situated anterior to the hysteronotal shield (vs at the hysteronotal shield), and by opened coxal fields III (vs closed). An amended generic diagnosis, including description of immature stages, and a key to named species of Schizocoptes Lawrence, 1944 are provided.

Keywords: acari, Africa, fur-mites, golden-moles, parasitology, systematics, identification key

Received: December 17, 2015; Accepted: January 21, 2016; Published online: February 9, 2016


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