, Volume 73, Issue 10, pp 977–986 | Cite as

Redescription of Gaeolaelaps deinos (Acari: Mesostigmata): an ant-associated laelapid mite

  • Arsalan Khalili-Moghadam
  • Alireza SabooriEmail author
  • Alireza Nemati
  • Azadeh Zahedi Golpayegani
Original Article


In this paper, we redescribe Gaeolaelaps deinos (Zeman 1982) based on morphological characters of female and male specimens collected from nests of Lasius sp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Khuzestan and Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari Provinces, Iran, and based on its holotype photos. We also present an identification key for Gaeolaelaps aculeifer-like species group from Iran.


Dermanyssoidea Laelapidae Myrmecophilous mites Taxonomy Iran 



This paper is a part of the Ph. D. dissertation of the senior author, which was financially supported by Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran (Grant no. 7110018/6/28). Our deeply gratitude goes to Dr. Tomáš Scholz (Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, ASCR, Czech Republic) for his help in providing the information of Gaeolaelaps deinos holotype.

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Conflict of interests

There is no any conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of TehranKarajIran
  2. 2.Department of Plant Protection, College of AgricultureShahrekord UniversityShahrekordIran

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