First record of the mite family Ctenobelbidae (Acari, Oribatida) from Turkey: Ctenobelba (Ctenobelba) ayyildizi sp. nov.


Abstract: The family Ctenobelbidae (Acari, Oribatida) is recorded for the first time from Turkey. A new species of genus Ctenobelba, Ctenobelba (Ctenobelba) ayyildizi sp. nov., is described based on the specimens collected from chestnut forest in the province of Manisa, Turkey. An identification key to the known subgenera of the genus is given. Scanning electron microscopy photographs of the newly described species are also provided. The new species differs from the related species by anteriorly diverging lamellae.

Keywords: Acari, Oribatida, Ctenobelbidae, new species, Turkey

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