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15 February 2018 First record of the genus Thaumatopelvis Mahunka, 1973 (Acari: Prostigmata: Scutacaridae) from Asia with description of a new species associated with ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Amin Navabi, Hamidreza Hajiqanbar, Abdolazim Mortazavi
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The mite species Thaumatopelvis lorasiacus Navabi & Hajiqanbar sp. nov. (Acari: Heterostigmata: Scutacaridae) associated with ants of the genera Formica Linnaeus, 1758 and Pheidole Westwood, 1839 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is described form Borujerd, Lorestan Province, western Iran. This finding presents the first evidence of the genus Thaumatopelvis Mahunka, 1973 from Asia and a new association between ants of the genera Formica and Pheidole with mites of this genus. A key to world species of the Thaumatopelvis is also provided.

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Amin Navabi, Hamidreza Hajiqanbar, and Abdolazim Mortazavi "First record of the genus Thaumatopelvis Mahunka, 1973 (Acari: Prostigmata: Scutacaridae) from Asia with description of a new species associated with ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)," Systematic and Applied Acarology 23(2), 360-366, (15 February 2018). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.23.2.11
Received: 2 December 2017; Accepted: 1 January 2018; Published: 15 February 2018
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