Polar Biology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 101–104

Neohyadesia microtricha (Acari: Astigmata: Algophagidae): a new species from the sub-Antarctic

  • David J. Marshall
  • Barry M. OConnor
  • Philip J. A. Pugh

DOI: 10.1007/s003000000179

Cite this article as:
Marshall, D., OConnor, B. & Pugh, P. Polar Biol (2001) 24: 101. doi:10.1007/s003000000179


The sub-antarctic mite genus Neohyadesia (Acari: Astigmata) is known from two described taxa: N. signyi from Signy Island (South Orkney Islands, South Atlantic Province), and a subspecies, N. s. punctulata from Ile Kerguelen (South Indian Province). This paper describes a second species distinguishable by, in particular, cuticular microtrichae covering the dorsal surface. The new species, N. microtricha sp. nov., has a similarly disjunct sub-antarctic distribution, occurring on both Marion (SIP) and South Georgia (SAP) islands. A systematic synopsis of the sub-antarctic algophagine mites is given.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Marshall
    • 1
  • Barry M. OConnor
    • 2
  • Philip J. A. Pugh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, University of Durban-Westville, P/Bag X54001, Durban, 4000, South Africa e-mail: marshall@pixie.udw.ac.zaZA
  2. 2.Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USAUS
  3. 3.British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, High Cross, Cambridge, UKGB

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