A review of the genus Ledermuelleriopsis Willmann (Acari : Prostigmata : Stigmaeidae)

Fan, QH, Walter, DE and Proctor, HC (2003) A review of the genus Ledermuelleriopsis Willmann (Acari : Prostigmata : Stigmaeidae). Invertebrate Systematics, 17 4: 551-574. doi:10.1071/IS03009


Author Fan, QH
Walter, DE
Proctor, HC
Title A review of the genus Ledermuelleriopsis Willmann (Acari : Prostigmata : Stigmaeidae)
Journal name Invertebrate Systematics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-5226
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1071/IS03009
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 551
End page 574
Total pages 24
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
270501 Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny
770704 Control of pests and exotic species
Abstract The mite family Stigmaeidae (Acari:Prostigmata) is of considerable importance in biological control, but its genera are often poorly defined and have never been subjected to cladistic analysis. Herein, we report the stigmaeid genus Ledermuelleriopsis Willmann from Australia for the first time, present a preliminary phylogenetic analysis that demonstrates that Eustigmaeus Berlese and Ledermuelleriopsis Willman are distinct, review the genus at the world level, and provide diagnostic characters of the adult females for each of the 21 known species. We also catalogue habitats, distributions and localities of holotypes. Four new species from Australia are described and illustrated: L. parvilla, sp. nov. from old dune sand, L. barbellata, sp. nov. from wet-sandy heath litter, and L. pustulosa, sp. nov. and L. claviseta, sp. nov. from dry eucalypt forest litter. A key to adult females of all known Ledermuelleriopsis species is provided. The Australian species and L. incisa Wood from New Zealand can be separated from all other members of the genus by a synapomorphy: the reduction of the number of setae on the aggenital shield to one pair. Results of a preliminary morphological cladistic analysis for those stigmaeid genera in which the larvae and adults of both sexes are known, indicate that Ledermuelleriopsis is basal to a clade containing Cheylostigmaeus Willman and Eustigmaeus.
Keyword Zoology
Mites
Zealand
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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