Mesobiotus harmsworthi Murray, 1907c,

Kaczmarek, Łukasz, 2017, Annotated zoogeography of non-marine Tardigrada. Part IV: Africa, Zootaxa 4284 (1), pp. 1-74: 49-50

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4284.1.1

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scientific name

Mesobiotus harmsworthi Murray, 1907c
status

sensu lato

141. Mesobiotus harmsworthi Murray, 1907c  sensu lato [T]

M. echinogenitus Richters (Murray 1907a) 

M. haRmswoRthi  Murray (Murray 1913)

MacRobiotus haRmswoRthi  Murray ( Pardi 1941)

MacRobiotus  haRmsvoRthi ( Ramløv & Kristensen 1985)

Terra typica: Franz Joseph Land  (Russia, Barents Sea)

Algeria:

• 36°53′N, 07°39′E; 800 m asl: Annaba Province, Massif of Eldough [ Edough Mountains ]GoogleMaps  . Binda & Pilato (1987) • 36°40′N, 04°36′E; 1,400 m asl: Tizi Ouzou Province, Akfadou Forest GoogleMaps  . Binda & Pilato (1987) • 36°38′N, 05°45′E; 1,200 m asl: Jijel Province, M’Sid-Ech-Cheta (Texenna Pass). Binda & Pilato (1987) • 36°28′N, 04°14′E; 1,700 m asl: Tizi Ouzou Province, Massif of Djurdjura (Assouille depression). Binda & Pilato (1987) Ethiopia:GoogleMaps 

• 04°03′N, 38°19′E; 1,700 m asl: Oromia Region, Mēga, former English residence, moss ( PleuRochaete  sp.) on treeGoogleMaps 

( JunipeRus  pRoceRa). Pardi (1941)

Libya:

• 32°29′N, 20°50′E; 350 m asl: Marj District, Barce [Marj], moss. Pilato & Pennisi (1976)

Morocco:

• 32°25′N, 05°13′W; 1,750 m asl: Meknès-Tafilalet Region, S of Azrou , cedar forest, moss on limestone boulders in the forest glade. Ramløv & Kristensen (1985)GoogleMaps 

Republic of South Africa:

• 29°44′S, 22°44′E: Undefined locality, Cape Colony [Cape Province]. Murray (1907a), Marcus (1928)

Uganda:

• 01°22′N, 32°17′E: Undefined locality. Murray (1913)

Record numbers. Algeria: 4, Ethiopia: 1, Libya: 1, Morocco: 1, Republic of South Africa: 1, Uganda: 1; total: 9.

Remarks. While Mesobiotus harmsworthi  sensu lato has a cosmopolitan distribution ( McInnes 1994), we think the presence of M. harmsworthi  sensu stricto in Africa is questionable. Originally described from Zemlya Frantsa- Iosifa in Arctic Russia ( Murray 1907c), M. harmsworthi  is now considered a species group, with a number of very similar species (all requiring careful taxonomic analysis of adults and egg morphology—see Kaczmarek et al. 2011 for diagnostic key). This is particularly emphasised by the presence of taxa reported from Africa (e.g. M. diffusus  , M. nuragicus  , etc.).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Tardigrada

Class

Eutardigrada

Order

Parachela

Family

Macrobiotidae

Genus

Mesobiotus

Loc

Mesobiotus harmsworthi Murray, 1907c

Kaczmarek, Łukasz 2017
2017
Loc

M. haRmswoRthi

Kaczmarek 2017
2017
Loc

M. echinogenitus

Richters (Murray 1907
1907