Gaeolaelaps trifurcatoides ( Yan and Ma, 1999 ),

Nemati, Alireza, Gwiazdowicz, Dariusz J. & Khalili-Moghadam, Arsalan, 2018, New data on the knowledge of Gaeolaelaps mites (Acari: Mesostigmata: Laelapidae), Acarologia 58 (3), pp. 710-734: 717

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Gaeolaelaps trifurcatoides ( Yan and Ma, 1999 )

New Comb.

Gaeolaelaps trifurcatoides ( Yan and Ma, 1999)  : New Comb.

This species described and reported from China ( Yan and Ma 1999; Ren and Guo 2008). The morphological traits are more similar to those of the genus Gaeolaelaps  than those of Androlaelaps  and should be assigned to it. In this species, epistome denticulate (smooth Androlaelaps  in and never denticulate), presternal shield distinct and granulate Androlaelaps  (with no definite presternal shields and usually contiguous with sternal shield and not granulate), sternal shield longer than wide (usually wider than long in Androlaelaps  ), the male fixed cheliceral digit multidentate, spermadactyle finger-like and curved distally (see above explanation concerning male chelicera). These characters show the consistency of this species with Gaeolaelaps  genus.

On the other hand, the various traits of this species are very similar to the related characters of G. angustus  . Male and female cheliceral characters, number and distribution of dorsal shield setae; leg chaetotaxy as far as the relevant article is concerned: spine, spur-like and elongate setae on legs II and IV perfectly compatible with what exists in G. angustus  [see the following explanation concerning G. angustus  and G. queenslandicus  characters and leg chaetotaxy appeared in ( Figures 13A and 13BView Figure 13) herein]. By comparing the descriptions and figures of these species, we could find no distinguishing authentic morphological differences, therefore, G. trifurcatoides  and G. angustus  considered to be synonyms.