Milnesium almatyense, Tumanov, Denis V., 2006

Tumanov, Denis V., 2006, Five new species of the genus Milnesium (Tardigrada, Eutardigrada, Milnesiidae), Zootaxa 1122, pp. 1-23: 9-11

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.171737

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scientific name

Milnesium almatyense
status

sp. nov.

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. ( Figs. 8, 9View FIGURES 2 – 9, 20–24View FIGURES 20 – 24, Table 3)

Type Material. Holotype: sex indeterminate, slide number 199 (5). Collected by Mrs. E. Shumilina (St. Petersburg) 27.09. 1999, Kazakhstan. Paratypes: slide’s numbers 199 (1, 2, 3, 4, 6) from the same locality. Type locality: Kazakhstan, 15 km. southwest from Almaty city. Lichen on the tree trunk. 28 adult and juvenile specimens and 3 exuviae with 10– 13 eggs were found.

Etymology. This species is named after the region of its type locality, vicinity of Almaty.

Description. Body length up to 798 µm; colour of living specimens white, cuticle smooth, no eyes (only in one specimen very poorly developed eyespots seems to be present). Six peribuccal and two lateral papillae present. Mouth with 6 peribuccal lamellae longitudinally striped in their basal portion.

Claws long, slender. Main branch of each claw with small accessory points usually difficult to see, even on the claws of the hind legs. Complex basal claw+secondary branch with poorly developed rounded basal thickening. Outer claws on legs I –III and both claws on hind legs lacks basal spur. First three pairs of legs with elongated cuticular thickening near the claw bases All dimensions are given in Table 3.

Smooth eggs (white in incident light, colourless in preparation) deposited within exuviae.

No mature males were found.

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. reticulatum  by having smooth cuticle without gibbosities, larger body length of adult specimens (672–798 µm in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 270–405 µm in M. reticulatum  ), longer buccal tube (37.0– 41.4 µm in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 25.0– 38.8 µm in M. reticulatum  ) and longer claws (pt value of the length of main branches of the claws of the IV pair of legs is 60.0–68.0 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 41.7–44.3 in M. reticulatum  ).

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. katarzynae  by having smooth cuticle, larger body length of adult specimens (672–798 µm in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 294.5 – 285 µm in M. katarzynae  ), more cephalic position of the insertion point of the stylet supports (pt value 65.4–69.6 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 73.3–78.3 in M. katarzynae  ) and longer claws with basal spurs on the inner claws of legs I –III (pt value of the length of main branches of the claws of the IV pair of legs is 60.0–68.0 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 43.5–43.8 in M. katarzynae  ).

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. dujiangensis  by having main claw branches on all legs.

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. tardigradum  by having more slender claws, larger pt ratio of the claws of the IV pair of legs and reduced accessory points on all claws and basal spurs on the outer claws (for comparison see Tables 1 and 3).

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. antarcticum  sp. nov. by having larger pt ratio of the claws of the IV pair of legs, smaller buccal tube dimensions, more cephalic Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. tetralamellatum  by having 6 peribuccal lamellae, smaller buccal tube dimensions, more caudal position of the insertion point of the stylet supports (pt value 65.4–69.6 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 63.9 in M. tetralamellatum  ), reduced accessory points on all claws, larger pt ratio of the length of the main branch of the IV pair of legs (60.0–68.0 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 54.7 in M. tetralamellatum  ).

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. brachyungue  by having larger pt ratio of the length of the claws of the IV pair of legs (pt value of the length of main branches of the claws of the IV pair of legs is 60.0–68.0 in M. almatyense  sp. nov. and 33.1 in M. brachyungue  ), and longer claws.

Milnesium almatyense  sp. nov. differs from M. eurystomum  by having typical configuration of buccal apparatus.

TABLE 3. Summary of morphometric data for Milnesium almatyense sp. nov. (n = 6).

        Standard error
      704.9 (671.7–798.0)