Taintaturus longipileatus Smit, 2017

Smit, Harry & Pešić, Vladimir, 2020, New records of water mites from New Zealand, with the description of three new genera and ten new species (Acari: Hydrachnidia), Acarologia 60 (4), pp. 903-950: 942

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http://doi.org/ 10.24349/acarologia/20204410

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Taintaturus longipileatus Smit, 2017


Taintaturus longipileatus Smit, 2017  

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New records. North Island. 0/2/0, Makakahi River crossing Kaiporo Road, interstitial, 40°42.869 ′ S 175°35.867 ′ E, alt, 335 m asl, 13­i­2019. South Island. 0/1/0, Avalanche Creek Arthur’s Pass National Park, 42°56.421𝑆 171°33.747 ′ E, alt. 10 m asl, 23­xii­2014 ; 0/2/0, Parsons Creek near Lake Ohau, 44°14.962 ′ S 169°49.118 ′ E, alt. 534 m asl, 18­iii­2020 ; 1/2/0, Twin Creek, Arthur’s Pass National Park, 42°54.715 ′ S 171°33.535 ′ E, alt. 877 m asl, 23­xii­ 2014 ; 2/0/0, Crooked River at crossing with Bell Hill Road, Moana, 42°37.817 ′ S 171°35.820 ′ E, alt. 119 m asl, 3­iv­2020.

Remarks. Thus far, the male was unknown and a description is given below. The male matches the description of the female well, but P4 has a ridge which was not mentioned by Smit (2017) for the female.

Description. Male: Idiosoma dorsally 431 long and 272 wide, ventrally 431 long. Dorsum as typical for the genus. Anterodorsal margin of ventral shield with a few serrations. Length/width of anterodorsal plate 141/181, length/width of posterodorsal plate 156/124,

length of anterolateral dorsal plate 169. Projections associated with insertions of fourth leg truncate. A ridge present posterior to the insertions of the fourth leg. Posterior margin of venter with a large indentation, gonopore not visible in ventral view. Length of P1­5: 22, 41, 27, 53, 20. P2 with a short anteroventral extensions without papillae (one pennate seta located dorsally on P2), P4 with a ridge over almost its entire length. Length of I­leg­4­6: 50, 58, 57. Length of

IV­leg: 55, 93, 41, 51, 50, 64. Fourth leg typical for the genus, with IV­leg­2 being the longest segment.

Distribution. Previously known from the type locality on South Island only, and reported here from North Island as well.