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Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Antarctozetes (Acari, Oribatida, Punctoribatidae) 

Sergey G. Ermilov, Maria Minor, Valerir Behan-Pelletier


A new species of Antarctozetes (Oribatida, Ceratozetoidea) is described from the soil in New Zealand based on adult morphology. Antarctozetes mariehammerae sp. nov. differs from Antarctozetes intermedius (Hammer, 1967) by the short rostral setae, very short stalks of bothridial setae, and bidentate lamellar cusps. A revised generic diagnosis is given, Antarctozetes is maintained in Punctoribatidae, although knowledge of juvenile instars is lacking. The relationship of Antarctozetes, Anellozetes, Africoribates and Kilimabates is discussed. Data on habitat and an identification key to known species of Antarctozetes in New Zealand are provided. 


ceratozetoid mites, systematics, morphology, New Zealand


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