Neojordensia levis (Oudemans & Voigts, 1904)

Murvanidze, Maka, Mumladze, Levan & Todria, Nino, 2019, A contribution to the knowledge of oribatid and mesostigmatic mites (Acari) with new records in Georgia, Persian Journal of Acarology 8 (4), pp. 309-325: 320

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Neojordensia levis (Oudemans & Voigts, 1904)


Neojordensia levis (Oudemans & Voigts, 1904)  

Diagnostic characters (female) – Measurements: 565–570 × 295–300 μm; tectum rounded, smooth; idiosoma with net-like sculpture; all dorsal setae smooth, fine, 10–15 μm; all ventral setae smooth, of almost the same size 25–30 μm; st1 located on presternal shields and st4 on metasternal shields; genital plate with 1 pair of setae; ventrianal shield with slightly concave anterior margin, bearing four pairs of preanal and three pairs of anal setae, length of the shield is about 240 μm and width (at widest part) 240 × 280 μm. Neojordensia levis   differs from other species of the genus occurring in Europe [ N. meritricha Athias-Henriot, 1973   and N. sinuata Athias-Henriot, 1973   ] ( Karg 1993; Castilho et al. 2016) by the presence of metasternal setae (st4) and straight posterior margin of sternal shield, which is also shorter than distance between coxae II and III.

Material – Javakheti Highland (N 41.291997, E 43.532688, 2036m a.s.l.), soil from artificial pine forest, one female, coll. Mumladze, L., 31.08.2018; Javakheti Highland (N 41.36775901, E 43.78562484, 2106m a.s.l.), subalpine hay meadow, five females, coll. Mumladze, L., 31.08.2018.

Distribution in Caucasus – New for Georgia. Distributed in Caucasus and Transcaucasia ( Bregetova 1977).