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



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.



Heterozerconina, Sejida, taxonomy, species relationships, leg chaetotaxy

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