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Saboori A.,University of Tehran | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11 | Hakimitabar M.,University of Shahrood | Shirvani A.,Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Achaemenothrombium dariusi Saboori, Wohltmann & Hakimitabar sp. nov. (Acari, Prostigmata: Trombidioidea) is described and illustrated from larvae ectoparasitic on Euxoa fallax (Eversmann) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from Sirch and Cheshmeh Bondar, Kerman province, Iran. It is the third species of this genus, which is recorded only from Iran. The status of this small family is discussed and a key to species of Achaemenothrombium (larvae) is presented. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Bartel C.,Free University of Berlin | Konikiewicz M.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Makol J.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11 | Dunlop J.A.,Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2015

Three species of fossil smaridid mites (Parasitengona, Smarididae) are described based on postlarval forms. Fessonia wunderlichi sp. nov., Fessonia grabenhorsti sp. nov. and Fessonia groehni sp. nov. were discovered in Eocene (ca. 44-50 Ma) Baltic amber and the former two also in the probably younger Oligocene (ca. 23-25 Ma) Bitterfeld amber. Although Smarididae has been reported from Baltic (and other) Cenozoic amber localities, these are the first species from this group to be formally described. Fessonia wunderlichi sp. nov. and Fessonia grabenhorsti sp. nov. are also the first named mites from Bitterfeld amber, and at the same time the first examples of mite species common to both the Baltic and Bitterfeld deposits. Fessonia groehni sp. nov. is known from a single specimen originating from the Baltic deposit. Although the thickened hindlimbs seen in Fessonia wunderlichi sp. nov. resemble the modern smaridid genus Kraussiana Southcott, 1961, the structure of the crista metopica implies another extant genus - Fessonia von Heyden, 1826 - which we redefine here to accommodate the morphology of the amber species. An outline of previous findings of terrestrial Parasitengona in amber is also provided.


Saboori A.,University of Tehran | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11 | Hakimitabar M.,University of Tehran
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

Achaemenothrombium cyrusi gen. et sp. nov. (Acari, Prostigmata: Trombidioidea) is described and illustrated from larvae ectoparasitic on Catocala sp. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from Tehran, Iran and Achaemenothrombium talebii (Karimi Irvanlou & Kamali, 2001) comb. nov. is redescribed. A new family, Achaemenothrombiidae is proposed for accommodating this genus. A key to families of larval Trombidioidea and to species of Achaemenothrombium (larva) is presented. Copyright © 2010 · Magnolia Press.


Makol J.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11 | Gabry G.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Gabry G.,University of Zielona Gora
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2010

Trischidothrombium discrepans (Willmann, 1950) is redescribed basing on postlarval instars. The larva of the genus is described for the first time. Data on habitat specificity and phenology of the species as well as on larval developmental time are given. A female, from which larvae were obtained by experimental rearing, has been designated as neotype. The distribution of the genus, hitherto known from Austria and Hungary, is extended for Poland. The phylogenetic position of Trischidothrombium within the Microtrombidiidae is discussed. © Fundacja Natura optima dux.


Makol J.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2013

Corrections and additions are provided to the checklist of nominal taxa of terrestrial Parasitengona mites published by Ma̧kol and Wohltmann (2012). © Fundacja Natura optima dux.


Makol J.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences | Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2012

We provide a check-klist of nominal taxa of terrestrial Parasitengona mites (excl. Trombiculidae and Walchiidae) distributed worldwide and assigned to three super-families, i.e. Calyptostomatoidea, Erythraeoidea and Trombidioidea. The list contains 1784 species, of which 786 are known exclusively from larvae, 860 from active postlarval forms and 138 from both. The data on the type localities and the hitherto known distribution of the species are included in the survey. © Fundacja.


Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11 | Makol J.,Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2012

Abrolophus norvegicus (Thor, 1900) is redescribed. An extended diagnosis of Abrolophus Berlese, 1891 (= Hauptmannia Oudemans, 1910) is provided for all active life instars. Description of larva of A. norvegicus is based on specimens obtained by experimental rearing from field-collected females. Variability of morphological characters is evaluated for offspring of a single female, within a particular population and between different populations originating from Europe. The specific status of A. norvegicus is discussed. A female of A. norvegicus, collected in northern Germany is selected as neotype. Hauptmannia silesiacus Haitlinger, 1986, syn. now., Abrolophus neobrevicollis Zhang et Goldarazena, 1996, syn. nov., Hauptmannia striata Saboori, undic et Peic, 2011, syn. nov., Hauptmannia dagmarae Haitlinger, 2012, syn. nov. are considered synonyms of Ritteria norvegica Thor, 1900. Data on habitat specificity and phenology of A. norvegicus as well as on its development are given. © Fundacja.


Wohltmann A.,Findorffstr. 11
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2010

Rearing of larvae from eggs deposited by adults in laboratory proved Pilosoma pluto Southcott, 1961 (based on larva) and Fessonia papillosa (Hermann, 1804) (based on adult) to be conspecific. Clipeosoma, Southcott, 1961 (larva) and Hirstiosoma (Berlese, 1887) (adult) are congeneric. The validity of Hirstiosoma latreillei (Grandjean, 1947) is confirmed, the larva of Hirstiosoma, ampulligera Berlese, 1887 is described for the first time. Data on egg development and nutrition of postlarval instars are provided. Causal reasoning for the exclusion of Phanolophinae from Smarididae is provided. © Fundacja Natura optima dux.

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