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Research Article
A New Laelapid Mite Cosmolaelaps qassimensis sp. nov (Gamasida: Laelapidae) from Agro-Ecosystem in Saudi Arabia

A.H. Fouly and S.M. Al-Rehiayani

Journal of Entomology, 2014, 11(5), 261-272.

Abstract

Cosmolaelpas qassimensis sp. nov. was collected from soil samples containing leaf litter and soil surrounding the root system of date palm trees during 2013-2014 in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. Monthly survey showed that C. qassimensis was at its highest rate of occurrence (13.96 individuals/ sample) in September. There were no significant differences between average number of mites collected in May, July, August and October, while it was rarely found (1.25 and 0.96 mites/ sample) in January and February, respectively. Immature stages and adult female and male of C. qassimensis sp. nov. were extracted from a pure laboratory culture, which were maintained feeding on the acarid mite, Tyrophagous putrescentiae Schrank and kept at 26±1°C and 70±5% RH. They were illustrated and identified.

ASCI-ID: 48-410

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