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Pešić et al. 2014


scientific article | Zookeys | open access

A new species of Litarachna (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Pontarachnidae) from a Caribbean mesophotic coral ecosystem

Pešić V, Chatterjee T, Alfaro M, Schizas NV



Abstract

New records of pontarachnid mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico are presented. Litarachna lopezae sp. n., from substrata collected from Bajo de Sico, a mesophotic coral reef ecosystem in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico, is described as new to science. The new species was collected from nearly 70 m depth, the greatest depth from which pontarachnid mites have been found until now. In addition, a Litarachna sp. was also found in association with the tube of the polychaete Sabellastarte magnifica (Shaw, 1800) at the shallow waters of north Puerto Rico.

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Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
69- 70 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
10 x (total of 1987 words)

Fields
Biodiversity
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Other invertebrates

Locations
Puerto Rico

Platforms
Diving - Technical Rebreather


Reports new species
Author profiles
Nikolaos Schizas ( 22 pubs)