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9 October 2020 First record of intertidal oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) from the Canaries – a new species and its complete ontogeny
Tobias Pfingstl, Juan Carlos De La Paz, David Hernández-Teixidor
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A new species of intertidal oribatid mites from Tenerife is described and its full ontogenetic development is given in detail. Thalassozetes canariensissp. nov. can easily be distinguished from its congeners by its characteristic notogastral cuticular pattern showing loosely distributed irregular elevations, and its rectangular median sternal cavity. Based on morphology, Thalassozetes canariensissp. nov. is most closely related to the Mediterranean T. riparius; both species share a small transversal band-like notogastral light spot and the longitudinal orientation of lyrifissure iad. The juvenile morphology of T. canariensissp. nov. conforms basically to those of known Thalassozetes juveniles but there are discrepancies in certain aspects that require further research into all known species. This report of T. canariensissp. nov. from Tenerife is the first record of an intertidal mite for the Canaries, and also for the Eastern Atlantic area. Further records of this species within the area may be expected.

Tobias Pfingstl, Juan Carlos De La Paz, and David Hernández-Teixidor "First record of intertidal oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) from the Canaries – a new species and its complete ontogeny," Systematic and Applied Acarology 25(10), 1901-1914, (9 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.25.10.13
Received: 27 August 2020; Accepted: 24 September 2020; Published: 9 October 2020
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atlantic
development
littoral
Selenoribatidae
Thalassozetes
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