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A new species and a new record of Cosmolaelaps Berlese (Acari: Laelapidae) from the Pacific Islands

Omid Joharchi, Qing-Hai Fan, Elham Arjomandi


The mite family Laelapidae has been little studied in the Pacific Islands. This paper presents a new species and a new record of the genus Cosmolaelaps Berlese, 1903 from Fiji and Tonga. Cosmolaelaps dioscorea sp. nov. was collected from yam (Plantae: Dioscoreaceae: Dioscorea sp.) in Fiji and Cosmolaelaps paulista Freire & Moraes, 2007 from taro (Plantae: Araceae: Colocasia Schott) in Fiji and Tonga. The new species is described.


Taxonomy, Mesostigmata, yam, taro, Fiji, Tonga


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