A new record of genus Zercon (Acari, Zerconidae) for Turkish Fauna: Zercon saphenus Błaszak, 1979

Rasit Urhan, Elif Hilal Duran


The zerconid mites collected from Kovada Lake National Park (Isparta province) in 20 March 2018 were evaluated. Collected samples were placed into plastic bags, labelled and transferred to the laboratory. Samples were placed into combined Berlese funnels and mites were extracted for 5–7 days according to their humidity. Mites were separated under a stereo-microscope. They were placed in 60% lactic acid for clearing and mounted onto permanent microscope slides using a glycerin medium. Then, the samples were put in stock bottles containing 70 % alcohol and 1- 3 drops glycine and labelled. Zercon saphenus was recorded as new for the Turkish mite fauna. Also, deutonymph and protonymph specimens of Z. saphenus were described for the first time from Turkey.

Keywords: Acari, Zerconidae, Zercon saphenus, Systematic, Turkey.

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-3-03

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