(2009) 14, 171–176.
(Acari: Oppiidae), a new species of oribatid mite from Iran
MOHAMMAD ALI AKRAMI
, LUIS S. SUB
& ALIREZA SABOORI
Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. E-mail: email@example.com
Departamento de Zoologia, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad Complutense, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new species of oribatid mite of the family Oppiidae Sellnick, 1937,
, is described
from Iran. Also an identification key to all
species is given.
Acari, Oribatida, Oppiidae,
was established by Sub
as and M
nguez in 1985, with
, 1956 as the type species (Sub
as 2004). It can be recognized by the presence of two
sclerotized apophyses on the anterior margin of the notogaster that run from the dorsosejugal suture
to the basal part of the prodorsum, lines that more or less form a median cross on the basal half of
the prodorsum and a uni-tridentate rostrum.
as (2004) included six species in
. In the present paper, the seventh species,
, is described from Mazandaran province, northern Iran.
sp. nov. (Figs. 1–3)
Four specimens (holotype and three paratypes) were collected in Koliak village, Nowshahr city,
Mazandaran province, Iran, from soils under deciduous forest trees, 36°7´N, 51°30´E, 1823 m above
sea level, 29 September 2000, M.A. Akrami leg. The specimens are deposited in the Department of
Plant Protection, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
The new species is recognized by the tridentate rostrum, well-developed apophyses on the
anterior margin of the notogaster that each have a well-developed lateral border, and clavate sensilli
with six long radiating cilia and a long stalk.