Report of a new species of Sphaerolichidae (Acari: Trombidiformes: Sphaerolichida) from Iran
Paper ID : 1040-IPCA4 (R1)
Mahshid Mirzaei Pashami *1, Alireza Saboori2, Jamasb Nozari1, Kamran Afsahi3
1Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran
2Dept. Plant Protection, Col. Aric., Univ. Tehran
3Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
The Sphaerolichida mites consist of two families, namely Lordalychidae Grandjean, 1939 and Sphaerolichidae Grandjean, 1937. Mites of the family Sphaerolichidae are small to medium-sized (200–400 micrometres) and pinkish or yellowish in color. They have globular bodies with a soft integument and are readily recognized by their bizarre front legs which have been observed to wave while walking. The known species have been found in moss, soil and leaf-litter habitats and are presumably ambush predators. Most aspects of their biology and ecology are unknown. Sphaerolichidae family contains only one genus, Sphaerolichus Berlese, 1904, with five described species. In order to study on tillage effects on soil mites, in Dasht e mir, Khodabandeh city, Zanjan province, Iran, soil samples were taken at three stages of wheat growth. Mites were extracted by Berlese-Tullgren funnels, cleared in Nesbitt's fluid, and then mounted in Hoyer's medium on microscope slides. During this survey female specimens collected from the soil and will be described in near future.
Key words: Acariformes; adult; soil mites; taxonomy; tillage
Status : Abstract Accepted (Poster Presentation)