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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3750.2.2

A new genus and species of Discozerconidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) from carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in New Zealand 

OWEN D. SEEMAN, MICHELLE R. BAKER

Abstract


Berzercon ferdinandi gen. nov., sp. nov. (Acari: Mesostigmata: Discozerconidae) is described from carabid beetles in New Zealand. As in all Discozerconidae, Berzercon has large ventrally-directed opisthogastric suckers. However it is distinctive in its long marginal setae, tripartite gnathotectum, fused palp tibia and tarsus, the female’s large dome-shaped genital shield and the male’s highly modified hypostomal seta h1. This new species also represents the first Heterozerconina from an insect host.

 


Keywords


Heterozerconina, Sejida, taxonomy, species relationships, leg chaetotaxy

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