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Biologia

, Volume 74, Issue 12, pp 1637–1652 | Cite as

Contribution to the knowledge of soil mites (Acari: Oribatida) in Trans-Altai Gobi desert of Mongolia

  • Badamdorj BayartogtokhEmail author
  • Gansukh Yondon
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Abstract

This work deals with five species of oribatid mites from Trans-Altai Gobi, Mongolia. Mainothrus transaltaicus sp. n. is proposed on the basis of adults, deuto- and tritonymphs, and a diagnostic key to adults of all known species of Mainothrus is presented. Ramusella samiyai sp. n. is proposed based on adults, which assigned to the subgenus Insculptoppia Subías, 1980. Passalozetes africanus Grandjean, 1932 is newly recorded in Mongolia, and two other species, Atropacarus striculus (C.L. Koch, 1836) and Tectocepheus alatus Berlese, 1913 are reported for the first time from Trans-Altai Gobi. Following the descriptions and comparisons, we discuss aspects of the distribution and habitat ecology of these species.

Keywords

New species Distribution Habitat ecology Nymphs Mainothrus Ramusella Trans-Altai Gobi 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism of Mongolia for providing collection permission in the study region. The first author is thankful to Drs. Oto Majzlan and Josef Dúha, Bratislava, Slovakia for their kind help and valuable advise at the initial stage of his research in the Trans-Altai Gobi. We would like to thank the all staff of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area in Trans-Altai Gobi, and Prof. Ravchig Samiya, National University of Mongolia for their invaluable support and providing facilities during field research.

Funding

This study was partly supported by the Science and Technology Foundation of Mongolia and the National University of Mongolia.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interests

No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, School of Arts and SciencesNational University of MongoliaUlaanbaatarMongolia

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