Pešić et al. 2014

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

Pešić V, Chatterjee T, Alfaro M, Schizas NV

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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.

Research sites

10.3897   zookeys.425.8110
Depth range
69- 70 m

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

Biodiversity Taxonomy

Research focus
Other invertebrates

Puerto Rico

Research platforms
Diving - Technical Rebreather

Reports new species
Author profiles
Nikolaos Schizas ( 17 pubs)