Hattena rhizophorae Faraji & Cornejo, 2006,

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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Hattena rhizophorae Faraji & Cornejo, 2006


Hattena rhizophorae Faraji & Cornejo, 2006 

Hattena rhizophorae  Faraji & Cornejo, 2006: 287.

Type depository.

Museo de Zoología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Quito, Ecaudor; Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia; National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands; British Museum (Natural History), London, United Kingdom; United States National Museum, Washington, D.C., USA.

Type locality and habitat.

Ecuador, Manabí Province, Río Chone Estuary, Punta Blanca Mangrove, Bahía de Caraquez, on flowers of red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle  ( Rhizophoraceae  ).


Faraji and Cornejo (2006) reported this species as having only four instead of six pairs of setae on opisthogastric soft integument, taking no account of the relative positions of all these setae on an expanded striate integument and their dimorphic expression common in Ameroseiidae  (a pair of opisthogastric setae usually absent in male). For that reason, they interpreted JV4 and JV5 (designated in their illustration as R3 and R4) to belong to a complement of posterior marginal dorsal setae. Later, in their description of male and deutonymph, these setae are not referred to. Their JV5 in female and deutonymph are interpreted here as JV3, and they seem to be absent in male. I suspect JV4 to be omitted in the male illustrations of Faraji and Cornejo (2006), and JV5 not to be homologous in adults of both sexes.