Ameroseius chinensis, Khalili-Moghadam & Saboori, 2016

Khalili-Moghadam, A. & Saboori, A., 2016, Redescription of Ameroseius eumorphus Bregetova (Acari: Mesostigmata: Ameroseiidae), a new record of Epicriopsis Berlese from Iran and a new homonym in Ameroseiidae, Acarologia 56 (4), pp. 537-551: 546-549

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Ameroseius chinensis

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Ameroseius chinensis   nom. nov.

Syn.: Ameroseius qinghaiensis Ma, 2008   (not Ameroseius qinghaiensis Li and Yang, 2000   ).

Ye and Ma (1993) described Ameroseius crassisetosus   from Apodemus sylvaticus   ( Rodentia   ) in Xinjiang Province, China. Later, Li and Yang (2000) described Ameroseius qinghaiensis   from compost in Qinghai Province, China. Then, Ma (2006) synonymized the two mentioned species, but according to our observation and checking of descriptions and figures of these two species and also based on the following diagnostic characters, we believe that these species are not synonyms and each of those are considered as a valid and separate species. Differential characters are as follows: dorsal sheild with 27 pairs of setae in A. qinghaiensis   and 29 pairs in A. crassisetosus   ; the length of J4 setae in A. crassisetosus   is enough long to pass the base of Z5, but these don’t reach the base of Z 5 in A. qinghaiensis   ; dorsal setae in A. crassisetosus   are much thicker than those in A. qinghaiensis   . Also, in addition to the diagnostic characters mentioned above, there are other small diagnostic characters which are shown in Table 3.

Ma (2008) collected another Ameroseius species   from Rattus norvegicus   ( Rodentia   ) in Qinghai Province, China, described it as a new species and considered the same name ( Ameroseius qinghaiensis   ) for it. According to original description and figures of Ameroseius qinghaiensis   in these two papers ( Li and Yang 2000 and Ma 2008), they refer to two different species. Characters distinguishing the two species are shown in Table 3. Ameroseius qinghaiensis Ma, 2008   is a junior primary homonym of A. qinghaiensis Li and Yang, 2000   now. For this reason, we propose Ameroseius chinensis   nom. nov. as a replacement name for Ameroseius qinghaiensis Ma, 2008   .

Etymology — The specific epithet is derived from the country of origin, China.

Note on Ameroseius lidiae Bregetova, 1977   Ameroseius lidiae Bregetova, 1977   was redescribed by Khalili-Moghadam and Saboori (2014). The lengths presented for the leg segments were incorrect and the amendment data of leg segment sizes is presented as in Table 4.