Ameroseius renatae,

Masan, Peter, 2017, A revision of the family Ameroseiidae (Acari, Mesostigmata), with some data on Slovak fauna, ZooKeys 704, pp. 1-228: 1

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Ameroseius renatae

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Ameroseius renatae  sp. n. Figure 2, Plates 24, 25, 76G

Type material.

Slovakia, Považský Inovec Mts.: 1 ♀ (IZSAV, holotype) - 13. 10. 2012, Hrádok Village, Hrádocká Dolina Valley, edge of broad-leaved deciduous forest, decaying wood-destroying fungi, altitude 290 m, leg. P. Mašán; 4 ♀♀ (IZSAV, paratypes), with the same collection data as in holotype.


Dorsal shield strongly sculptured, scrobiculate, with a series of interconnecting ridges. Dorsal setae of different length, relatively thin and variously curved; setae J2 long, with tips reaching clearly beyond bases of following setae J4; setae Z2 notably longer than Z1 and Z3. Pseudo-metasternal platelets relatively well developed, subequal or slightly larger than metapodal platelets. Opisthogastric soft integument with six pairs of setae; setae JV5 lengthened, with tips reaching anal aperture.


Female. Idiosoma oval to egg-shaped, narrowed anteriorly, 405-460 μm long and 270-325 μm wide. Dorsal shield strongly sclerotised and coarsely ornamented, scrobiculate, covering whole dorsal surface, and bearing 29 pairs of setae; vertex with anterior margin denticulated. Dorsal setae well differing in length, relatively thin, curved, sparsely covered by very minute spines, inserted in small basal papilla-like tubercles; setae j1-j4, z5, z6, Z1, Z3, s1, s2, S2, S3, and r3-r5 notably shorter than other dorsal shield setae; setae j1 lanceolate and conspicuosly spinate; posterior dorsocentral setae long, J2 and J4 with tips reaching beyond bases of J4 and Z5, respectively. The length of some selected dorsal setae as follows: j5 83-92 μm, j6 92-102 μm, J2 105-118 μm, z5 25-30 μm, z6 29-40 μm, Z1 38-46 μm, Z2 78-92 μm, Z3 45-55 μm. Sternal shield subquadrate, 62-70 μm in length and width (at level of st2), reticulate on surface, with two pairs of setae (st1, st2). Pseudo-metasternal platelets relatively large, rounded, bearing a pair of sternal setae (st3). Metasternal setae (st4) on soft integument. Epigynal shield 70 μm wide, oblong, with reticulate pattern and a pair of genital setae (st5). Postgenital sclerites present, partly fused behind posterior margin of epigynal shield. Metapodal platelets small, suboval. Peritremes and peritrematal shields normally developed. Ventrianal shield 125-140 μm wide and 100-115 μm long, almost hexagonal, well reticulate, having three circum-anal setae and anus in its posteromedial portion. Ventrally situated setae smooth, needle-like, about 25 μm long, except JV5, markedly elongated, 60-67 μm in length. Epistome subtriangular, with rounded apex. Fixed digit of chelicera with three small teeth on proximal masticatory area. Other gnathosomal structures and leg chaetotaxy typical of genus.


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