Brachychthonius expolitus Berlese

van der Hammen, L., 1959, Berlese's Primitive Oribatid Mites, Zoologische Verhandelingen 40, pp. 1-93: 21

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Brachychthonius expolitus Berlese


Brachychthonius expolitus Berlese  , 1910

Brachychthonius brevis var. expolitus  , Berlese, 1910, p. 220.

According to Berlese the present species differs from B. berlesei  in having a smooth (unsculptured?) dorsal surface, and short, strongly thickened sensilli. The slides of the species are, however, in such a bad condition that it is impossible to study the material. In the original description Berlese records several localities in Italy; perhaps the type material consists of more than one species. For the present B. expolitus  must be considered of uncertain identity, possibly even belonging to the genus Liochthonius  .