Pseudaxonopsalbia Viets, 1942

Smit, Harry, 2016, The water mite family Aturidae Thor (Acari: Hydrachnidia) from Ghana, with the description of twelve new species, Zootaxa 4158 (4), pp. 523-543 : 540

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Pseudaxonopsalbia Viets, 1942


Genus Pseudaxonopsalbia Viets, 1942

The genus Pseudaxonopsalbia is defined in the male sex only, females are difficult to separate from Javalbia . Female Pseudaxonopsalbia have 3–4 glandularia platelets in the dorsal furrow, 3–4 pairs of acetabula, I-leg-1 and IV-leg-1 with a large curved seta, and the excretory pore fused with the dorsal shield. Moreover, a pair of glandularia is lying in a line with the fourth leg sockets. However, most of these characters are found also in Javalbia . Nevertheless, based on the position of the pair of glandularia between the fourth leg sockets and the presence of stout setae on I-leg-1 and IV-leg 1, I have assigned the new species described below to Pseudaxonopsalbia . Cook (1974) stated that Pseudaxonopsalbia dose not have swimming setae. The new species described below has IV-leg-5 with two swimming setae. When assigment of the new species to Pseudaxonopsalbia proofs to be is correct, the genus diagnosis must be emended.