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Published: 2018-12-28
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Philippinozercon, a new genus of Heterozerconidae (Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata), with description of all active instars

Washington State University NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273-4768, U.S.A.
Ecology Laboratory, Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture and Museum of Natural History, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna, Philippines.
Undergraduate Biology Program, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43212, U.S.A.
Acari heteromorphic development Diplopoda Oriental region classification


The generic classification of millipede associated Heterozerconidae in the Oriental region is revised. The genus Allozercon Vitzthum is re-diagnosed and Asioheterozercon Fain is designated as an subjective junior synonym of Allozercon. Philippinozercon gen. nov., with the type species P. makilingensis sp. nov., is described for all instars. This genus may be endemic for the Philippines, but is quite widespread in that country. All immature instars are described, making this the second species of Heterozerconidae known for all instars. The morphology of the immatures is compared with that of immatures of the temperate species Narceoheterozercon ohioensis and unnamed species from Brazil and Thailand. All immatures were collected from millipede frass and litter, never from millipedes. Adults are associated with millipedes in the family Trigoniulidae (Spirobolida).



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