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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11158/saa.23.2.11

First record of the genus Thaumatopelvis Mahunka, 1973 (Acari: Prostigmata: Scutacaridae) from Asia with description of a new species associated with ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Amin Navabi, Hamidreza Hajiqanbar, Abdolazim Mortazavi

Abstract


The mite species Thaumatopelvis lorasiacus Navabi & Hajiqanbar sp. nov. (Acari: Heterostigmata: Scutacaridae) associated with ants of the genera Formica Linnaeus, 1758 and Pheidole Westwood, 1839 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is described form Borujerd, Lorestan Province, western Iran. This finding presents the first evidence of the genus Thaumatopelvis Mahunka, 1973 from Asia and a new association between ants of the genera Formica and Pheidole with mites of this genus. A key to world species of the Thaumatopelvis is also provided.


Keywords


Heterostigmata, Formica, Pheidole, mite, new host record

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