Minibiotus cf. intermedius (Plate, 1888)

Moreno, Antonio, Roszkowska, Milena, García, Mario Alberto, Flores, José Juan & Kaczmarek, Łukasz, 2019, Current knowledge on Mexican tardigrades with a description of Milnesium cassandrae sp. nov. (Eutardigrada: Milnesiidae) and discussion on the taxonomic value of dorsal pseudoplates in the genus Milnesium Doyère, 1840, Zootaxa 4691 (5), pp. 501-524: 516

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Minibiotus cf. intermedius


Minibiotus cf. intermedius  

Material examined: Six specimens: near to Cueva El Infierno (25°18′30.95′′N, 100°12′37.85′′W, ca. 1522 m asl), La Camotera, Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Moss on pine ( Pinus   sp.), coll. Jose Juan Flores Maldonado, 6 August 2014.

Comments: McInnes (1994) mentioned that Min. intermedius ( Plate, 1888)   has a cosmopolitan distribution. However, modern taxonomy has shown that it is species complex ( Claxton 1998). It is possible that the North American records belong to other species. Kaczmarek et al. (2016) suggested that all North American reports should be considered questionable and needed further examination. In Mexico, Min. cf. intermedius   it was found in Barranca del Cobre, Chihuahua ( Schuster 1971). In our material we did not find the eggs and therefore the final identification is not possible.