Pezidae, a new freshwater mite family from australia (Acarina: Halacaroidea)

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A new halacaroid family, Pezidae, is erected for the new genus Peza, with two new species Peza ops (type species) and Peza daps. P. ops has been widely collected in south-eastern Australia, while P. daps is known only from a single female taken from the gill chamber of a burrowing crayfish, Engaeus fultoni Smith & Schuster (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae), in the Otway Ranges, Victoria. During winter and spring, females of both species apparently attach their eggs to their hind legs. The Pezidae is regarded as the sister-group of the remaining Halacaroidea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-781
Number of pages11
JournalInvertebrate Systematics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


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