New publication: Bryobia abyssiniae (Prostigmata: Tetranychidae), a new species from the highlands of Ethiopia
Norman J. Fashing, Edward A. Ueckermann, Peter J. Fashing, Nga Nguyen, Amanda M. Back and Lizabeth A. Allison in International Journal of Acarology
Bryobia abyssiniae Fashing & Ueckermann, a recently discovered species, is described using DNA-barcoding as well as morphological features of the adult female and all post-embryonic instars. The species is characterized by remarkable propodosomal lobe variation. A lack of variation in molecular markers indicates that the several forms observed reflect intraspecific variability in this apparently all-female species. Its host plant, a giant lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum Hemsl.; Campanulaceae), is endemic to the Ethiopian highlands. A discussion of climate at the collection locality, the host plant, and notes on biology are also included. Additionally, we suggest that a minimum of 5% sequence difference in the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I region will be needed to differentiate Bryobia species.
Published online: 16 June 2016.