Austrocarabodes tarandus , 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: 114-116

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Austrocarabodes tarandus

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Austrocarabodes tarandus  sp. n.

Measurements. - Length: 401-452 µm, width: 172-214 µm.

Prodorsum: Anterior rostral margin widely rounded, lamellae without sharp cuspis. Rostral setae, phylliform, similar to the interlamellar ones, but much smaller than the latter. Lamellar setae very broad (Fig. 118), the margin ramose. Rostral setae arising in front of lamellar ones. Lamellar surface smooth, interlamellar surface pustulate, on its basal part some rugae also present. Sensillus dilated proximally, bent dorsally, its surface distinctly barbed.

Notogaster: Its surface ornamented by a very characteristic sculpture, it consists of tubercles forming polygonate figures (Fig. 119). Fourteen pairs of phylliform, long, thin notogastral setae (Fig. 117), their margin smooth; strong median rib well visible.

Lateral part of podosoma: Tutorium without cuspis but well observable. Surface along tutorium and pedotecta alveolate (Fig. 121).

Coxisternal region: Epimeres and the surface of mentum areolate or partly maculate. Apodemes and borders of epimeres well visible, a transversal tectum in front of the genital aperture also present. Among the epimeral setae 1b the longest, 1a, 1c, 2a and 3a very short, all simple (Fig. 120).

Anogenital region: Anogenital setal formula: 4 —7—2— 3. All setae simple and thin. Both pairs of the short anal setae arising on the posterior half of the anal plates. Ventral plate rugulose or partly rugose. A well-framed semicircular area around the anal aperture smooth. Lyrifissure iad absent.

Legs: Seta l" G of legs I and II thin phylliform, long with denticulate margin. Setae u of all legs very broad, triangular.

Material examined: Holotype: Ang. 15135.14: Angola, Dundo: Galerie forestiere R. Cambuacala, affl. R. du R. Luachimo (7.20 S, 20.52 E), 6. VI. 1960. leg. Ed. Luna de Carvalho.GoogleMaps  30 paratypes: from the same sample . Holotype and 14 paratypes deposited in the MRATGoogleMaps  , 14 paratypes: ( 1099-PO-85) HNHMGoogleMaps  , 2 paratypes: MHNGGoogleMaps  .

Remarks: The new species is well characterized by its very narrow body, its notogastral sculpture and by the shape of lamellar setae. On this ground the new species Stands far from all Austrocarabodes  taxa.




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