Hydrachna levigata Koenike, 1897,

Davids, Kees, Sabatino, Antonio Di, Gerecke, Reinhard, Gledhill, Terence & Smit, Harry, 2005, On the taxonomy of water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) described from the Palaearctic, part 1: Hydrachnidae, Limnocharidae and Eylaidae, Zootaxa 1061, pp. 36-64: 48

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Hydrachna levigata Koenike, 1897


Hydrachna levigata Koenike, 1897 

Species incerta

Material examined: Hydrachna levigata  , holotype male SMNH 553 (Type locality: Juist, Niedersachsen, May 1895).

Discussion: The holotype specimen of Hydrachna levigata  , a species recorded only once after the original description ( The Netherlands, Buitendijk 1945 but according to Besseling (1955) not recognisable as H. levigata  ), was treated with heat and chemical agents. The consequently strong clearing and deformation of sclerites ­ e.g., the folding of palp segments described by K. Viets (1936) ­ is surely an artifact. Generally large dimensions (e.g., genital field L/W 850 / 950, chelicera L 2000) and the presence of at least 4 setae on Cx­ 4 clearly indicate that the specimen has close relationships to the geographica  ­species group. The frontal sclerites, not clearly reported in the original description, consist of one pair of rod­shaped muscle attachments located medially from the postocularia. They are similar in shape to those of H. geographica  , but shorter. They could have changed in shape and extension as a consequence of treatment during preparation. Also, the shape of the male gonopore (anteriorly extended and pointed) is in agreement with H. geographica  , but in view of the bad conservation of the only available holotype specimen, it is best regarded as a species incerta.


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