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Validity and interpretation of Murcia Koch, Trichoribates Berlese

By Gerd Weigmann and Roy A. Norton


In the literature there is much confusion about the identity and taxonomic position of two common oribatid mite species in the family Ceratozetidae: Oribates setosus C.L. Koch, 1839, and Murcia trimaculata C.L. Koch, 1835. Related to these problems, there are contrary opinions about the validity of two ceratozetid genera, Murcia Koch, 1835 and Trichoribates Berlese, 1910, and the identity of their type species. Important conclusions on these issues have been proposed in the past (Jacot 1929; Pérez-Iñigo 1993) but these were not followed in an important recent catalog (Subías 2004). In the following, we summarize and comment on the history of these problems, and argue in the context of the current ICZN rules to preserve nomenclatural stability. A. The identity of Oribates setosus C.L. Koch 1) In his classic, multiyear work Deutschlands Crustaceen, Myriapoden und Arachniden (CMA), C.L. Koch (1839, CMA 30.19) proposed Oribates setosus. The description and illustration of this species was clearly based on the adult stage of a pterogasterine oribatid mite

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