Ethiopian oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from the Joint Russian-Ethiopian Biological Expedition (2012), with description of a new species
The present study is based on oribatid mite material collected during October and November 2012 in the course of a Russian-Ethiopian expedition to Southern Ethiopia. An annotated checklist of identified taxa is provided, with 22 species, 19 genera and 15 families recorded. A new species, Perscheloribates paratranslamellatus sp. n., from xerophytic forest litter is described. It is most similar morphologically to Perscheloribates translamellatus (Pérez-Íñigo & Baggio, 1991), but differs from the latter by larger bodysize, presence of a rudimentary translamellar line, absence of prolamellar lines, longer setae p1 and elongateopenings of sacculi Sa, S1. A supplementary description of Paroppia breviseta (Balogh, 1962) based on Ethiopian specimens is presented.
To cite this paper: Ermilov, S.G. & Rybalov, L.B. 2014. Ethiopian oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from the Joint Russian-Ethiopian Biological Expedition (2012), with description of a new species. African Invertebrates 55 (1): 27–37.
Published electronically: 24 February 2014.