Austrocarabodes pinnatus , Mahunka, S., 1986

Mahunka, S., 1986, A survey of the family Carabodidae C. L. Koch, 1836 (Acari: Oribatida), Acta Zoologica Hungarica 32, pp. 73-135: 112-114

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Austrocarabodes pinnatus

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Austrocarabodes pinnatus  sp. n.

Measurements. - Length: 541-588 µm, width: 303-345 µm. Prodorsum: Rostrum semicircular, rostral setae long, slightly spathulate, arising on its dorsal surface, on small but well separated tubercles.

Lamellae wide, their cuspis ending far from rostrum. Lamellar setae phylliform with serrated margin, originating on the lateral part of cuspis. Interlamellar setae similar to the rostral ones, but greater, arising also on ribs or tubercles. Rostral surface foveolated, lamellar ones with some wrinkles, in the interlamellar region stronger ribs visible. Sensillus (Fig. 116) long, gradually widened, laminate, this part being concave.

Notogaster: Whole surface covered by round pustules (Fig. 113). Fourteen pairs of spathulate notogastral setae of nearly equal length present (Fig. 115). Its surface spiculate, a main vein and some thinner ones well observable.

Ventral side (Fig. 114): Mentum foveolated. Margin of pedotecta I with large tubercle, resembling a pock-mark. Epimeral surface smooth, or finely punctate, the apodemes and borders well visible. Epimeral setae straight, some of them finely roughened. Genital and anal apertures framed by chitinous laths, being connected to some other ones in the anogenital surface. Four pairs of genital setae present. All setae of the anogenital region - excepting the phylliform ad1 and ad2 setae - similar to the epimeral ones. Lateral margin of the ventral plate ornamented by wrinkles.

Legs: All trochanters and femora with very large foveolae, all genu, tarsi and tibia completely smooth.

Material examined: Holotype: E-Y. No. 1310: Rep. South Africa, S. Cape, Garden of Eden , 34.02 S— 23.12 E, 13. 12. 1976, sifted litter, leg. Dr. S. Endrödy-Younga.GoogleMaps  6 paratypes from the same sample . Holotype and 2 paratypes deposited in the TMPGoogleMaps  , 3 paratypes ( 1098-PO-85): HNHMGoogleMaps  , 1 paratype: MHNGGoogleMaps  .

Remarks: The new species is distinguished from all other members of this genus by the peculiar shape of its sensillus.


Taiwan [Republic of China], Taipei, Taiwan Provincial Museum


Hungary, Budapest, Hungarian Natural History Museum


Switzerland, Geneva, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle