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Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Belloppia (Acari, Oribatida, Oppiidae)

Sergey G. Ermilov, Maria Minor


A new species of the genus Belloppia (Oribatida, Oppiidae) is described from New Zealand; Belloppia bella sp. nov. differs from all species of the genus by the presence of a distal row of clear barbs on the bothridial heads and the median part of the tripartite rostrum strongly protruding and distinctly longer than the lateral parts. Supplementary descriptions for two species, Belloppia wallworki Hammer, 1968 and B. shealsi Hammer, 1968 are given based on new material from New Zealand. A revised generic diagnosis and an identification key to known species of Belloppia are presented. 


oppiid mites, systematics, morphology, identification key, New Zealand


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