Carabocepheus lounsburyi Berlese

Mahunka, S., 1986, A survey of the family Carabodidae C. L. Koch, 1836 (Acari: Oribatida), Acta Zoologica Hungarica 32, pp. 73-135: 132-134

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Carabocepheus lounsburyi Berlese


Carabocepheus lounsburyi Berlese  , 1913 (Figs 147-151)

Measurements. - Length: 780-1450 µm, width: 420-800 µm.

Prodorsum: Rostrum slightly elongated, lamellae running marginally, without a free cuspis. Rostral and lamellar setae long, thin, setiform, lamellar setae arising on the dorsal surface of lamellae. The lamellar surface foveolated. A well-developed laminate tutorium present. Bothridium strongly elevated from the body outline, sensillus long, directed outwards, with a scarcely dilating, spiculate head. Interlamellar setae arising near trichobothrium on a strongly chitinized region connecting the lamellae, and basally with the median notogastral condyles. Lateral condyles not separated from the bothridium. Interlamellar area very wide, its surface smooth.

Notogaster: Dorsosejugal suture straight medially, between notogastral condyles. Among the latter co. nl. resembling a very strong humeral projection, co. um. smaller but sharply pointed. Fourteen pairs of long, setiform notogastral setae present, f ive of them in posteromarginal, one in humeral position. Surface of notogaster finely foveolate. Lyrifissure iad situated in laterodorsal, in and ips in lateromarginal position, very close to each other.

Lateral region of podosoma: Pedotecta I very large, rounded, pedotecta II—III small, triangulär. Discidium small, hardly observable. Posterolateral part of this region granulate. No circumpedal carinapresent.

Gnathosoma: Chelicerae normal. Diarthric labiogenal articulation.

Coxisternal region: Apodemes - excepting ap. 3 - long, composing a network. Epimeral surface smooth or only some spots visible. Epimeral setal formula: 3 —1—3— 3.

Anogenital region: Its surface foveolate only laterally, bearing a strong chitionous lath laterally, directed backwards from the acetabulum of legs IV. Anogenital setal formula: 4(5) —1—2— 3, all simple, setiform. Setae adx in postanal, ad2 and ad 3 in adanal position. Surface of genital plates smooth, anal plates well foveolate. Lyrifissure iad situated near to anal aperture, slightly in paraanal position.

Legs: Tarsus of all legs very short, tibia elongate. Claws very large, all legs monodactylous. Genu of legs I and II without phylliform lateral setae. Blade-like formation of trochanters and femora weakly developed.

[ Carabocepheus lounsburyi Berlese  , 1910

type locality: South Africa, near Cape of Good Hope   GoogleMaps  ]

[ Carabocepheus lounsburyi latior  Balogh & Mahunka, 1966

type locality: South Africa, Cape Province, Grahamstown   GoogleMaps  ]