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Pontarachnid mites from marine interstitial, with a description of three new species from South Korea (Acari: Hydrachnidia: Pontarachnidae)
Pesic, V. (2013). Pontarachnid mites from marine interstitial, with a description of three new species from South Korea (Acari: Hydrachnidia: Pontarachnidae). Zootaxa 3701(1): 83-92. https://hdl.handle.net/10.11646/zootaxa.3701.1.7
In: Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: Auckland. ISSN 1175-5326; e-ISSN 1175-5334, more
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Keywords
    Biodiversity
    Fluids > Body fluids > Interstitial fluids
    Mites
    Taxa > Species > New taxa > New species
    Acari [WoRMS]; Litarachna gracilis Pesic, 2013 [WoRMS]; Litarachna lukai Pesic, 2013 [WoRMS]; Pontarachna ivonae Pesic, 2013 [WoRMS]

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  • Pesic, V.

Abstract
    Most of the known pontarachnid species (Acari, Hydrachnidia) live in the marine littoral zone; a few species have been described from freshwaters, but these species were found to occur in estuaries or locations near the sea. Occasionally some specimens of the surface dwelling species were taken from marine interstitial. During a recent survey on marine interstitial fauna along the coast of South Korea, some pontarachnid mites were collected. Three species, i.e., Pontarachna ivonae sp. nov. (Yellow Sea and East Sea), Litarachna lukai sp. nov. (Yellow Sea) and L. gracilis sp. nov. (East Sea) are described as new to science. Two latter species have reduced eye pigmentation indicating that they can be the first representatives of the interstitial pontarachnid mites.

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