Hoplophorella obsoletior Berlese

van der Hammen, L., 1959, Berlese's Primitive Oribatid Mites, Zoologische Verhandelingen 40, pp. 1-93: 46

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Hoplophorella obsoletior Berlese


Hoplophorella obsoletior Berlese  , 1923

Phthiracarus (Hoplophorella) cucullatus var. obsoletior Berlese  , 1923, p. 260.

The original specimens (slides nos. 48/42, 43, of which the last-mentioned is the type) are still present in the Berlese Collection; they were collected in former Italian Somaliland. As mentioned above, the slides are labelled as Phthiracarus (Hoplophorella) licnophora var. obsoletior  .

In my opinion we must regard the " variety " as a separate species, because nothing is known about the variability or even about the occurrence of cucullata  outside the U.S.A. Hoplophorella obsoletior  is characterized by the fact that the hood at the anterior border of the notogaster is obsolete.