Vol. 46 No. 2, 2007
The Tardigrada Fauna of China with Descriptions of Three New Species of Echiniscidae
Xiao-Chen Li*, Li-Zhi Wang, and Di Yu
College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, China
Xiao-Chen Li, Li-Zhi Wang, and Di Yu (2007) The Tardigrada fauna of China is summarized. Pseudechiniscus beasleyi sp. nov., Echiniscus nelsonae sp. nov., and E. shaanxiensis
sp. nov. from the Qinling Mountains of central Shaanxi Province, China
are described as new to science. Photomicrographs and drawings are
provided to illustrate the morphological characters of the new species.
Four new species records of the Tardigrada are also reported from the
Qinling Mountains: E. ramazzotti Binda and Pilato, E. mediantus Marcus, E. tardus Mihelcic (Echiniscidae), and Diphascon rivularis
(Mihelcic) (Hypsibiidae). Type specimens are deposited at the College
of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian. A key to Chinese
species of the Tardirada is also given.
Key words: Tardigrada fauna, Taxonomy, New Species, New record, China.
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