Antennoseius Berlese, 1916

Beaulieu, Frédéric, Déchêne, Andrea D. & Walter, David E., 2008, Phase morphs and phoresy: New species of Antennoseius (Vitzthumia) mites (Acari: Mesostigmata: Ascidae) associated with pyrophilous carabids (Carabidae: Sericoda spp.) in Alberta, Canada, Zootaxa 1961 (1), pp. 37-57: 39

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Antennoseius Berlese, 1916


Antennoseius Berlese, 1916   (subgenus Vitzthumia Thor, 1930   )

Diagnosis. The subgenus is characterized by the retention of the pulvillus and claws on legs I and sometimes by the retention of 9 setae on tibia III (pl2 may be present). The ambulacrum and usually pl2 are lost in Antennoseius (Antennoseius)   .

Remarks. The type species for the genus, A. (Antennoseius) delicatus Berlese, 1916   , was originally placed in the Laelaptidae   (= Laelapidae   s. lat.) by Berlese, as was the first described species of the genus Vitzthumia   , V. oudemansi Thor, 1930   . However, Thor (apparently not aware of its close relative Antennoseius   ) stated that the then monotypic genus Vitzthumia   would possibly be best placed later in a new, distinct family, Vitzthumiidae, but he clearly opted not to take that action in his 1930 paper. Since then, Antennoseius   has been placed in the Rhodacaridae Oudemans, 1902   ( Athias-Henriot 1961), in the Halolaelapidae Karg, 1965   ( Karg 1969, 1993), or is given its own family, Antennoseiidae Karg, 1965   ( Eidelberg 1989, 2000), but we consider it to be a member of the Ascidae Oudemans, 1905   , after Lindquist & Evans (1965), Lindquist & Walter (1989), Halliday et al. (1998), and Krantz & Walter (2009).