Zoological Studies

Vol. 55, 2016

(update: 2016.3.31)

A New Species of Zambedania (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Pygmephoridae) from the Two Rivers Platinum Mine in South Africa and Notes on the Life-cycle of the Genus


Anne M. Camerik1,*, Wojciech Ł. Magowski2, Peter G. Hawkes3,4, Edward A. Ueckermann5,6, Ronald Ochoa7, and Gary R. Bauchan7

1University of the Witwatersrand, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa
2A. Mickiewicz University, Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Umultowska 89, Pl 61 -E 614 Poznań, Poland.E-mail: magowski@amu.edu.pl
3AfriBugs CC, 341 27th Avenue, Villieria, Pretoria, 0186, South Africa
4Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, 0002, South Africa.E-mail: peter.hawkes@afribugs.com
5Agricultural Research Council - Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria, South Africa
6School of Biological Sciences/Zoology, North-West University, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa, E-mail: UeckermannE@arc.agric.za
7U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705, e-mail: Ron.Ochoa@ars.usda.gov; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit, Beltsville, MD 20705, E-mail: Gary.Bauchan@ars.usda.gov

Anne M. Camerik, Wojciech Ł. Magowski, Peter G. Hawkes, Edward A. Ueckermann, Ronald Ochoa, and Gary R. Bauchan (2016) A new species of relatively poorly known genus Zambedania Mahunka, 1972 was found on the baboon spider, Harpactirella overdijki Gallon, 2010 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) in South Africa. Besides the abundantly available phoretic females, several males and one larva of this species in the spiders’ nests were also collected.Zambedania sekhukhunensis n. sp. is described and illustrated based on the phoretic females, males and larva. Improved diagnosis of the genus and a new key to species are also supplied.The descriptions and illustrations of the male and larva of this species represent the first ones of these stages in the genus Zambedania. Due to their discovery the generic diagnosis has been significantly improved.

Key words: Zambedania sekhukhunensis sp. n., Larva, Male, Female,Phoresy, Harpactirella overdijki, Araneae, Theraphosidae, South Africa.

*Correspondence: E-mail: karincamerik@ursulinen.com

Citation: Camerik AM, Magowski WŁ, Hawkes PG, Ueckermann EA, Ochoa R, Bauchan GR. 2016. A new species of Zambedania (Acari: Heterostigmatina: Pygmephoridae) from the two rivers platinum mine in South Africa and notes on the life-cycle of the genus. Zool Stud 55:11. doi:10.6620/ZS.2016.55-11.