Honduriella maxima

Demite, Peterson R., Da Cruz, Wilton P., Bolton, Samuel & De Moraes, Gilberto J., 2018, Redescription of Honduriella maxima Denmark & Evans (Acari: Mesostigmata: Phytoseiidae), description of a new species of Honduriella Denmark & Evans from the Amazonian Forest, and a modified c, Zootaxa 4442 (2), pp. 331-337: 332

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Honduriella maxima


Honduriella maxima  Denmark & Evans

Honduriella maxima  Denmark & Evans, in Denmark et al., 1999: 21.

Honduriella maxima  . — Chant & McMurtry, 2004: 215; 2007: 83; Moraes et al., 2004: 89.

Redescription. Female (n=1). Dorsum ( Fig. 1 View Figure ): dorsal shield smooth, except for lateral striae anteriad of S4, 460 long, 304 wide at level of s4; with 13 pairs of lyrifissures (poroids) and seven pairs of pores (solenostomes). Setal lengths: j1 43, j3 16, j4 9, j5 7, j6 7, J2 missing, J5 9, z2 14, z4 19, z5 7, Z1 8, Z4 157, Z5 118, s4 broken, S2 14, S4 10, S5 10, r 3 61, R1 16.

Venter ( Fig. 2 View Figure ): sternal shield with three pairs of setae and two pairs of lyrifissures (poroids); distances between st1–st3 93, st2–st2 100; distance between st5–st5 86. Genital shield rounded behind st 5. A pair of prominent pores inserted in a platelet posteromesad of JV2, apparently a remnant of the ventral shield. Anal shield smooth, 94 long and 74 wide. Seta JV5 81. Opisthogastric integument with two pairs of metapodal plates.

Chelicera: fixed digit 42, with 17/19 teeth in addition to apical tooth; movable digit 48 long, with three teeth in addition to apical tooth.

Spermatheca ( Fig. 3 View Figure ): cup-shaped calyx, 9 long.

Legs ( Fig. 4 View Figure ): macrosetal lengths: SgeI 63, SgeII 61, SgeIII 84, StiIII 63, SgeIV 128, StiIV 120, StIV 220.

Remarks. The information provided here complements the original description of the species, which did not include measurements of some setae (JV 5, SgeI -III and StiIII), the number of lyrifissures (poroids) on the dorsal shield, and the number of teeth of the movable cheliceral digit. Differences between information provided in the original description and as observed in our examination of the holotype refer mainly to the quadrate shape of the sternal shield (much longer than wide in the original description), and the length of the macrosetae on the genu (128), tibia (120) and tarsus (220) of leg IV (in original description: 112, 102 and 206, respectively). Detailed illustrations of the reticulation of the sternal and genital shields, and of the spermatheca are also provided.

Material examined: Holotype female, from an unidentified hairy-leaved plant from Olancho, Nance , Honduras  . Deposited at Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville  , Florida, USA  .














Honduriella maxima

Demite, Peterson R., Da Cruz, Wilton P., Bolton, Samuel & De Moraes, Gilberto J. 2018


Honduriella maxima

Denmark et al., 1999 : 21


Honduriella maxima

Chant & McMurtry, 2004 : 215 Moraes et al., 2004 : 89