Lanceacheyla filipina, A NEW SPECIES OF CAVE-INHABITING PREDATORY MITE FROM THE PHILIPPINES (ACARI: CHEYLETIDAE: CHEYLETINAE)

Leonila A. Corpuz-Raros, Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo

Abstract


A new species, Lanceacheyla filipina (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Cheyletidae) from bat guano inside a cave in Bulacan Province, Luzon Island, Philippines is described. This species differs from the generic type species, L. whartoni Xia, Klompen & Childers, 2011, by the lanceolate caudal seta h2 which, like the humeral seta c2, is differentiated in shape from the squamiform setae of dorsal shields; presence of hornlike anterolateral projections on protegmen, reticulate (vs. granulate) pattern of tegmen and protegmen; presence of cupules im and ip; and transverse arrangement of anal setae ps1-3 on a half-moon shaped anal plate (vs. longitudinal). Morphological characteristics were described and illustrated based on the female of this species.

Key words: Acari, cave fauna, Cheyletidae, Lanceacheyla, new species


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