Porobelba parki Jacot

Miko, L., 2008, Taxonomy of European Damaeidae (Acari: Oribatida) II. Porobelba weigmanni n. sp. (Oribatida, Damaeidae), from East Slovakia, with comments on other known species of the genus, Zootaxa 1844: 59-60

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Porobelba parki Jacot


Comments on Porobelba parki Jacot   , 1937

During the study of damaeid mites from the collection of Karl Strenzke in the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, Germany, I had an opportunity to study one mounted adult individual, probably sent to Strenzke directly by A. P. Jacot. The slide is labelled " SMF 16926: Porobelba   , 350, Belbidae   . Old Tawney's Cave , Twilight zone; Thulss - Mt.Lake; Hoyer-H.G.S". It is not part of the type series, which was from forest floor near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. The specimen is in comparatively good condition, but the notogaster is crushed. GoogleMaps  

This species differs from European species of Porobelba   by several important characters. The body is strongly narrowed in the sejugal area (Fig. 4B). The prodorsum has a well developed propodolateral apophysis P. The parastigmatic apophyses are differently shaped: Sa is strong, long, perpendicular to the body, pedotectum-like; Sp is much smaller, triangular, oblique, well separated from Sa. The discidium is small, thorn-like, oriented anterolaterad. Notogastral setae are similar in size anteriorly (c1 = c2), but diminish posteriad. In all European species of Porobelba   , notogastral setae are arranged and oriented radially, whereas in P. parki   they are inserted in two paraxial rows, as found in some other genera of Damaeidae   (eg. some Metabelba   species). I did not find differences in leg setation formula; nevertheless, dorsal setae of the femora are much stronger than other setae, covered by distinct spinuli (Fig. 5). The most characteristic synapomorphy of Porobelba   - single area porosa on posterior part of notogaster - is absent. This observation was confirmed by Norton (pers. comm.), who studied quite extensive American material. The most typical character of the species is very long sensillus, slightly but distinctly broadened (lanceolate) towards the end.

It is clear that P. parki   does not share characters of Porobelba   as given in the diagnosis above. Differences are quite numerous even if general appearance and some characters are similar (size, legs and their setation). Some of the differences observed have been commonly used for establishing genus-level taxa within Damaeidae   . The generic or specific value of leg setae characters and shape of the sensillus is unclear, but the presence of apophysis P, shape of parastigmatic apophyses and position of notogastral setae in two parallel rows are collectively of generic significance. Therefore, a new genus, closely related to Porobelba   will be proposed in the subsequent paper of this series, together with a detailed redescription of P. parki   .