Eur. J. Entomol. 107 (3): 441-453, 2010 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2010.051

A new species group and five new species of the genus Pavania (Acari: Dolichocybidae) associated with insects, with notes on leg chaetotaxy and the distribution of genera

Hamidreza HAJIQANBAR1, Alexnder KHAUSTOV2
1 Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, 14115-336, Tehran, Iran; e-mail:
2 Nikita Botanical Gardens, National Scientific Center, Yalta, Crimea, 98648, Ukraine; e-mail:

A new species group and five new species of mites of the genus Pavania Lombardini, 1949 belonging to the family Dolichocybidae (Acari: Heterostigmata) are described from Iran. Pavania gymnopleuri Hajiqanbar & Khaustov sp. n., P. sabzevarensis Hajiqanbar & Khaustov sp. n. and P. onthophagi Hajiqanbar & Khaustov sp. n., represent a new gymnopleuri species group. Two new species are also described in the fusiformis group: P. kamalii Hajiqanbar & Khaustov sp. n. and P. elongata Hajiqanbar & Khaustov sp. n. All new species are associated with scarabaeid and carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, Carabidae). This is the first record of the family Dolichocybidae from Iran. The leg setation and geographic distribution of all genera of this family are discussed and keys to genera and species of the genus Pavania are provided.

Keywords: Acari, Prostigmata, Heterostigmata, Dolichocybidae, Pavania, taxonomy, new species, chaetotaxy, Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Carabidae, Iran

Received: August 20, 2009; Accepted: February 17, 2010; Published: July 20, 2010

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