Publications by EEOB faculty 25 Feb - 03 Mar 2014

March 5, 2014

A new genus and species of Nematalycidae (Acari: Endeostigmata)

Samuel J. Bolton, Hans Klompen, Gary R. Bauchan & Ronald Ochoa. 2014. Journal of Natural History 00, 1--15. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2013.859318

Abstract Osperalycus tenerphagus, a new genus and species of Nematalycidae (Acari: Endeostigmata), is described from Ohio, USA, using light microscopy and low-temperature scanning electron microscopy. Specimens were extracted from two different loam soils. This genus can be readily distinguished from the other genera of Nematalycidae by the simple setae that line the opisthosoma. The mouthparts are especially distinct in possessing three-segmented palps, an unusual vessel-shaped structure, and rutella that overlap at the midline. The discovery of rutella in this genus and in two other genera indicates that the Nematalycidae can be more confidently assigned to the Endeostigmata (Sarcoptiformes).

Sam Bolten

klompen lab

Image credit: Bolton et al. 2014. Fig. 8