Parhypochthonius Berlese

van der Hammen, L., 1959, Berlese's Primitive Oribatid Mites, Zoologische Verhandelingen 40, pp. 1-93: 10

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Parhypochthonius Berlese


Parhypochthonius Berlese  , 1904

Parhypochthonius  Berlese, 1904b, p. 25: 1910, p. 218: 1913a, p. 7 1).

Berlese published the diagnosis of Parhypochthonius  together with the description of the type-species ( P. aphidinus  ). In 1910 (p. 219) he added two species to the genus, of which in my opinion one ( urticinus  ) indeed belongs to it, whilst the other ( acarinus  ) has become the type of the genus Aphelacarus  ( Palaeacaroidea  ) 2).

1) In the original diagnosis, the generic name is spelt as Parhypochthonius  , but on the same page the type-species is named Parypochthonius aphidinus  . The same difference in spelling is found in Berlese's 1910 paper; here the spelling Parhypochthonius  is found in the key, Parypochthonius  in the description of two species.

2) Schweizer (1956, pp. 219-221, figs. 126-130) described five "new" species as representatives of Parhypochthonius  ; these are, however, nymphs and larvae of higher Oribatid mites ( Trichoribates  , Ceratozetes  , Scheloribates  , Sphaerozetes  or Chamobates  ).