Laelaspis calidus Berlese

Joharchi, Omid & Negm, Mohamed W., 2020, Soil-inhabiting mites of the family Laelapidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) from Assiut Governorate, Egypt, Zootaxa 4759 (4), pp. 488-510: 503

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4759.4.2

publication LSID

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3810603

persistent identifier

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Plazi

scientific name

Laelaspis calidus Berlese
status

 

Laelaspis calidus Berlese 

Figures 38–42View FIGURES 38–42.

Laelaspis calidus Berlese, 1924: 255  ; Hunter, 1961: 676; Joharchi et al., 2012b: 19 View Cited Treatment .

Hypoaspis (Laelaspis) calidus  .— Van Aswegen & Loots, 1970: 27.

Hypoaspis (Laelaspis) calida  .— Karg, 1982: 250; 1989: 120.

Laelaspis astronomicus  .— Zaher, 1986: 196 (misidentification).

Specimens examined. Four females; 27°11’ N, 31°09’ E, Assiut University, Assiut; 22 November 2014; coll. A.S. Abdelgayed; ex. soil under grapefruit.

Remarks. Laelaspis calidus  was described from East Africa ( Berlese, 1924), and has also been recorded at Kilimanjaro near Marangu from moss and litter ( Van Aswegen & Loots, 1970), Iran from the nests of ants ( Joharchi et al., 2012b) and is now recorded in Egypt for the first time, from soil. Zaher (1986) reported Laelaspis astronomicus  from Egypt and he also considered that Laelaspis zaheri Shereef & Soliman  , as a junior synonym of L. astronomicus  . We have had the opportunity to examine specimens of both species. Now we believe both species were misidentified specimens of Laelaspis calidus  , and thus, L. astronomicus  is excluded from the Egyptian fauna. Our newly collected material agrees very well with the description given by Van Aswegen & Loots (1970). This species is closely related to L. astronomicus  , but L. calidus  can be easily distinguished from L. astronomicus  and all other species in this genus by the length of dorsal shield setae, some setae long enough to reach the base of the next posterior setae and setae Z5 two to three times as long as J5 ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 38–42), genitiventral shield longer than wide ( Fig. 39View FIGURES 38–42), movable digit bidentate and fixed digit with 6–7 teeth ( Fig. 41View FIGURES 38–42), postanal seta serrate ( Fig. 42View FIGURES 38–42).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Mesostigmata

Family

Laelapidae

Genus

Laelaspis

Loc

Laelaspis calidus Berlese

Joharchi, Omid & Negm, Mohamed W. 2020
2020
Loc

Laelaspis calidus

Joharchi, O. & Jalaeian, M. & Paktinat-Saeej, S. & Ghafarian, A. 2012: 19
Hunter, P. E. 1961: 676
Berlese, A. 1924: 255
Loc

Hypoaspis (Laelaspis) calidus

Van Aswegen, P. I. M. & Loots, G. C. 1970: 27
Loc

Hypoaspis (Laelaspis) calida

Karg, W. 1982: 250
Loc

Laelaspis astronomicus

Zaher, M. A. 1986: 196