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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11158/saa.21.12.10

Hotspots of mite new species discovery: Parasitiformes (2013–2015)

Wendy Lam, Zhi-Qiang Zhang

Abstract


A survey of type localities of new species of the Parasitiformes described in two journals (Systematic & Applied Acarology and Zootaxa) during the last three years (2013–2015) revealed interesting patterns of species discovery. Taxonomically, the 142 new species are unevenly distributed among 24 families with the top three families accounting for over 61% of the total. The economically important Phytoseiidae is the top-ranked family. Geographically, the 142 new species of the Parasitiformes are described from 29 countries in the world. The pattern of distribution of these new species among the countries is highly uneven—over half of the new species (52.8%) are from the top 3 countries (Brazil, Iran and Turkey), whereas most countries (65.5%) have only 1–3 new species each.


Keywords


Mites, Parasitiformes, new species, hotspots, type locality, type depository

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