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Morphological ontogeny of Minunthozetes pseudofusiger (Acari, Oribatida, Punctoribatidae) and comments on Minunthozetes Hull

Stanisław Seniczak, Anna Seniczak, Sławomir Kaczmarek, Tomasz Marquardt

Abstract


The morphological ontogeny of Minunthozetes pseudofusiger (Schweizer, 1922) is described and illustrated. The juveniles of this species have a humeral organ and a gastronotal shield which bears four pairs of setae in the larva (dm, dp, lp, h1) and 10 pairs in the nymphs (d-, l-, h-series, p1). The larva has 12 pairs of gastronotal setae, including h3, whereas the nymphs have 15 pairs. Setae of c-series are inserted on unsclerotized integument in all juveniles. Solenidion ω2 on tarsus I is longer than ω1 and situated anteriorly to ω1 in the nymphs and adult stage, as in most species of Melanozetes Hull, 1916.


Keywords


oribatid mites, juveniles, leg setation, stage structure

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