Carabodes auriculatus, Mahunka, S., 1987

Mahunka, S., 1987, A survey of the family Carabodidae C. L. Koch, 1836 (Acari: Oribatida), II, Acta Zoologica Hungarica 33, pp. 399-434 : 417-418

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Carabodes auriculatus

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Carabodes auriculatus sp. n.

Measurements. - Length: 574-689 µm, width: 344-419 µm.

Prodorsum: Rostral and lamellar setae slightly dilate, both spiniform, strongly bent inwards, squamose. Lamellae wide, basally, between them a pair of very large elevations present (Fig. 36), tbeir posterior margin well chitinized, running laterally, over the lamellae. Lamellar setae arising laterally, simple, but also spiniform. Peduncle of sensillus very long, comparatively thin, curved. Its head small, spinose (Fig. 38).

Notogaster: Ten pairs of spiniform notogastral setae present. Surface ornamented by tubercles and ribs. Median part well framed, an unpaired median, and a pair of lateral longitudinal custulae also observable (Fig. 36).

Coxisternal region: Epimeral borders and apodemes well observable, epimeral surface sparsely alveolate. All epimeral setae minute (Fig. 37).

Anogenital region: Ventral plate with strongly chitinized ridges, latter partly composed of tubercles. Anal and genital plates foveolate. All setae in this region minute, adanal setae stronger than the others.

Legs: Setae u on all tarsi spiniform and thick.

Type-material: Holotype ( 1198-HO-87 ): As. 290: Soviet Union, Georgian SSR, Ritsa-sea 9. VI. 1976. - Riha-lake   GoogleMaps . Moss from the rock wall of a canyon. Leg. Gy. Topál; Holotype and 3 paratype ( 1198-PO-87 ) deposited in the HNHM, 1 paratype in MHNG. 4 paratypes: from the same sample.

Remarks: On the basis of its habitus and the position of setae c2 the new species belongs to the femoralis-group. It Stands closer to C. femoralis (Nicolet, 1855) (Figs 40-45) than to C. rugosior Berlese , 1916, since the latter has no tubercles on its notogaster. It may be distinguished from C. femoralis by the following characters:


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