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Description of Balaustium ryszardi sp. n. (Prostigmata) from Greece with a key to the world larval species

Abstract

Balaustium ryszardi sp. n. (Acari: Trombidiformes: Erythraeidae) collected from herbaceous plants in Peloponnese peninsula, Greece, is described and illustrated. The new species has shorter legs than the other species of Balaustium von Heyden, 1826. It is the third known species of this genus from Greece. An identification key to the larval species of Balaustium is presented and leg setal formula of B. nikae is corrected.

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The project was partly supported by Faculty of Agriculture, University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran and partly from Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Montenegro, Montenegro, this support is greatly appreciated.

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Šundić, M., Noei, J. Description of Balaustium ryszardi sp. n. (Prostigmata) from Greece with a key to the world larval species. Biologia 76, 2609–2617 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11756-021-00760-7

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Keywords

  • Balaustiinae
  • Balaustium nikae
  • Erythraeidae
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Peloponnese peninsula