Ljania obliterata, Smit, Harry & Pešić, Vladimir, 2014

Smit, Harry & Pešić, Vladimir, 2014, Water mites from Mount Kinabalu and the Crocker Range, Borneo, Malaysia (Acari: Hydrachnidia), with the description of 34 new species, Zootaxa 3876 (1), pp. 1-71: 61-62

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Ljania obliterata

n. sp.

Ljania obliterata  n. sp.

( Figs. 37 A –CView FIGURES 37 A – C)

Type series. Holotype female, Kemantis stream, Sayap, Mt Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, 6 º 0 9.841 N 116 º 33.936 E, alt. 928 m asl, 16 -ix- 2012 ( RMNH).

Diagnosis. A small species. Suture lines of coxae obliterated. Posterior extension of fourth coxae relatively long.

Description. Female: Colour pale yellow, idiosoma subrectangular in shape, membranous integument papillate with a reticulate pattern, 397 long and 286 wide. Dorsal shield 382 long and 251 wide, with a reticulated pattern; slightly indented anterior to the middle, on the level of the only glandulare located in the dorsal furrow with three pairs of glandularia, a pair of postocularia and two pairs of setae without glandularia. Transverse suture lines Cx-I/II, -II/III and III/IV laterally and medially obliterated only visible as short bars. Cx-IV with a posterolateral extension (length 46) embracing a glandularium. Genital field 40 long and 42 wide. Length/height of P 1 –P 5: 22 /14, 30/24, 28/20, 44/18, 26/ 10. Length of I-leg- 4–6: 60, 64, 66. Length of IV-leg- 4–6: 70, 80, 58.

Male: Unknown.

Etymology. Named for the obliterated suture lines of the coxae.

Remarks. Coxal suture lines Cx-I/II, Cx-II/III and Cx-III/IV obliterated to such a degree are not found in any of the known Ljania  species.

Distribution. Borneo; known only from the locus typicus.


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