Philippipalpus belah Beard and Seeman,

Beard, Jennifer J., Seeman, Owen D. & Bauchan, Gary R., 2014, Tenuipalpidae (Acari: Trombidiformes) from Casuarinaceae (Fagales), Zootaxa 3778 (1), pp. 1-157: 121-124

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Philippipalpus belah Beard and Seeman
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sp. nov.

Philippipalpus belah Beard and Seeman  sp. nov.

( Figs 103–104View FIGURE 103View FIGURE 104)

Type material examined. Holotype female ex. Belah  Casuarina cristata  ( Casuarinaceae  ). AUSTRALIA: New South Wales, Newell Highway, approx. 15 km N Moree, 86 km S Goondiwindi, 29 ° 21 ’ 20 ” S 150 °00’ 24 ” E, 21 August. 2007, coll. J.J. Beard (QM). Paratypes. 2 females, same data as holotype (QM).

Diagnosis. Distance between setae v 2 -h 1 305–315. Distance between e 2 -e 2 115–120. Prodorsal shield laterally with irregular weak folded sculpturing in a longitudinal-oblique pattern, medially with weak folded to reticulate sculpturing; without depressions. Cuticle between prodorsal and opisthosomal shields (sejugal region) weakly striate. Opisthosomal shield with indistinct paired mesonotal regions and pygidial region; mesonotal regions indistinctly separated from each other by irregular folded cuticle; mesonotal and pygidial region not noticeably demarcated. Lateral cuticle with <40 weak papillae primarily lateral to opisthosomal shield; cuticle lateral to prodorsal shield mostly smooth. Cuticle between 3 a- 4 a entirely transverse. Spermatheca round, 2 x 2, without grainy appearance.

FEMALE (n = 3). Dorsum. ( Fig. 103View FIGURE 103 a) Body measurements: distance between setae v 2 -h 1 307–315 [315], sc 2 - sc 2 105 – 105 [105]; other measurements: v 2 -v 2 27–30 [29], sc 1 -sc 1 80–82 [82], c 1 -c 1 28–32 [31], c 3 -c 3 135–140 [140], d 1 -d 1 17–19 [18], d 3 -d 3 125–130 [125], e 1 - e 1 17–20 [18], e 2 -e 2 115–120 [115], e 3 -e 3 100–105 [100], f 3 -f 3 80–82 [82], h 1 -h 1 20–26 [26], h 2 -h 2 51–55 [55]. Gnathosoma concealed beneath the prodorsum. Anterior margin of prodorsum with a deep medial notch (internal depth 21–23 [23]) forming 1 pair of broad fleshy lobes, each bearing v 2 (inserted dorsally). Prodorsal shield laterally with irregular weak folded sculpturing in a longitudinaloblique pattern, medially with weak folded to reticulate sculpturing; without depressions. Cuticle between prodorsal and opisthosomal shields (sejugal region) weakly striate. Opisthosomal shield with indistinct paired mesonotal regions and pygidial region; mesonotal regions indistinctly separated from each other by irregular folded cuticle; mesonotal and pygidial region not noticeably demarcated; pair of strong longitudinal folds laterad d 1 -d 1; irregular transverse folds between d 1 -e 1; longitudinal folds to weak reticulation between e 1 -h 1. Lateral cuticle with <40 weak papillae primarily lateral to opisthosomal shield; cuticle lateral to prodorsal shield mostly smooth. All dorsal shield setae short, barbed, with longitudinal barbed ridges, thick, triangular in cross-section; medial setae only slightly broader than lateral setae: v 2 15 [15], sc 1 14 [14], sc 2 17–18 [18], c 1 17–19 [19], c 3 15– 16 [16], d 1 15–16 [15], d 3 16–17 [17], e 1 13 –14 [13], e 2 15 –17 [16], e 3 15 –17 [15], f 3 16–19 [17], h 1 12–14 [13], h 2 16–18 [18]. Palps. ( Fig. 103View FIGURE 103 b) Setal formula 0, 0, 0, 2, 3 (1 s+ 2 e). Tibial setae, dorsal 6–7 [6] long, ventral 8–10 [10] long; tarsal eupathidia 5 [5], 5–7 [6] long; solenidion 6 [6] long. Venter. ( Fig. 104View FIGURE 104 a) Cuticle anterolaterad 1 a with granular appearance; 1 b - 1 a with longitudinal striae; 1 a - 4 a with transverse striae; cuticle posterior to cx IV transverse, abruptly becoming longitudinal to genital area; fine striae become coarse lateral to genital area. Genital setae inserted in more-or-less transverse row along posterior margin of genital shield, setae g 1 inserted slightly posterior to g 2. Genital shield smooth, weakly developed, membranous. All coxal setae fine. Setal lengths: 1a 34 – 44 [44], 1 b 17–18 [17], 2 b 12–13 [13], 2 c 16–18 [16], 3a 40 – 48 [48], 3 b 16 [16], 4a 29 – 38 [29], 4 b 13–16 [16], ag 1 15 [15], g 1 17–19 [19], g 2 16–18 [18], ps 1 14–16 [16], ps 2 15–17 [15], ps 3 13–14 [14]. Spermatheca. ( Fig. 104View FIGURE 104 b) Spermathecal tube long and narrow, 95–110 [95] long, ending in small rounded membranous vesicle (2 x 2), subtended by 1 pair of minute circular accessory structures. Genital opening anteromedad anal setae ps 3. Legs. ( Figs 103View FIGURE 103 a, 104 c) Setal formula for legs I –IV (coxae to tarsi) 1 - 0-3 - 1-4 - 8 (1), 2 - 0-3 - 1-4 - 8 (1), 1 - 1-2 - 0-2 - 4, 1 - 0-1 - 0- 2 - 4. Tarsi I and II each with 1 antiaxial solenidion ω" (9–10 [9] long) and 2 eupathidia pζ'-pζ" (ta I 7–8 [7] long; ta II 6 [6] long). Leg setation as in Table 1 except: cx I without 1 c; tr I –IV without v ′ (l' present on tr III); ge I –III without l ′, ge I –II without v ′; ti III –IV without d; ta I –IV without tc ′′.

OTHER STAGES. Unknown.

Etymology. The specific name refers to the common name of the host “ Belah  ”.

Remarks. Philippipalpus belah  lacks the extensive papillation on the soft cuticle around both dorsal shields that is present in Philippipalpus agohoi  and Ph. flumaquercus  . Philippipalpus belah  females have smoother cuticle lateral to the opisthosomal shields, and more medial wrinkles and folds between setae c 1 -h 1 than do females of Ph. nigraquercus  . This species was found in association with Pentamerismus sititoris  and Chaudhripalpus costacola  .