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15 January 2018 Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Licnodamaeus Grandjean, 1931 and synonymy of Licnodamaeolus Covarrubias, 1998 (Acari, Oribatida, Licnodamaeidae)
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Two new oribatid mite species of the genus Licnodamaeus (Oribatida, Licnodamaeidae) are described based on adult material collected from a termite nest in South Africa. Licnodamaeus navalhillensis sp. nov. is similar to L. travei (Covarrubias, 1998) comb. nov., but differs by the clavate bothridial setae. Licnodamaeus sacculatus sp. nov. is similar to L. asetosus (Ermilov & Hugo-Coetzee, 2012) comb. nov., but differs by the unilaterally dilated bothridial setae, four pairs of notogastral setae, tridactylous legs and saccules on all leg femora and trochanters III, IV. The taxonomic status of the genus Licnodamaeolus is discussed, resulting in the following taxonomic proposal: Licnodamaeus Grandjean, 1931 (=Licnodamaeolus Covarrubias, 1998 syn. nov.).

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Badamdorj Bayartogtokh, Sergey G. Ermilov, Elizabeth A. Hugo-Coetzee, and Alexander A. Khaustov "Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Licnodamaeus Grandjean, 1931 and synonymy of Licnodamaeolus Covarrubias, 1998 (Acari, Oribatida, Licnodamaeidae)," Systematic and Applied Acarology 23(1), 42-60, (15 January 2018). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.23.1.4
Received: 26 September 2017; Accepted: 30 October 2017; Published: 15 January 2018
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