Leitneria pugio ( Karg, 1961 )

Farahi, Sara, Shishehbor, Parviz & Nemati, Alireza, 2018, Some mesostigmatic mites (Acari: Parasitiformes) of Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran, Persian Journal of Acarology 7 (4), pp. 323-344: 327

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.22073/pja.v7i4.38663

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/AC036037-FF8D-8436-FDB7-FBB8ED74F7ED

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scientific name

Leitneria pugio ( Karg, 1961 )
status

 

Leitneria pugio ( Karg, 1961)  

Saprolaelaps pugio   – Karg (1961): 132.

Leitneria pugio   – Karg (1962): 75.

Diagnosis

Dorsal shield is reticulated and consisting podonotal and opisthonotal shields whereas the only congeneric species L. granulatus (Halbert, 1923)   has no reticulated dorsal shield. Evans (1957) mentioned “ventrianal shield considerably wider than long” as a character of the genus according to the only known species at that time ( L. granulatus   ). However, ventrianal shield of L. pugio   is not as Evans' description and has an approximately equal length and width, although its posterior margin is a bit wider than its anterior margin ( Fig. 1 View Figure 1 ). Epistome is denticulate with a long and acute projection in the middle. However, in L. granulatus   epistome is finely dentate and considerably projected in the middle.

Note – This species has been recorded in Europe ( Karg 1993), Poland ( Gwiazdowicz and Kmita 2004, litter), Spain ( Moraza 2010, soil litter and humus), Austria ( Wissuwa et al. 2012: soil) and Crimea ( Kaczmarek and Marquardt 2008: soil). Both of the genus and species are new records for Asia. There are only two species of L. pugio   and L. granulatus   in the genus Leitneria   . Leitneria granulatus   was first described in Halolaelaps   . The species pugio   was also first described in Saprolaelaps   but subsequently transferred to Leitneria   together with granulatus ( Karg 1993)   . Characters of Our specimen agree with data presented in Karg (1962).

Distribution and habitats in Iran – This is the first record for Iran mite fauna.

Material examined – One female, Ahvaz, 31° 23' 02" N, 48° 38' 38" E, 18 m a.s.l., 24 April 2015

(horse manure).

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Tracheophyta

Class

Magnoliopsida

Order

Sapindales

Family

Simaroubaceae

Genus

Leitneria

Loc

Leitneria pugio ( Karg, 1961 )

Farahi, Sara, Shishehbor, Parviz & Nemati, Alireza 2018
2018
Loc

Leitneria pugio

Karg, W. 1962: 75
1962
Loc

Saprolaelaps pugio

Karg, W. 1961: 132
1961