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Phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of the genus Caribeacarus (Acari : Opilioacarida), with description of a new South American species

Leopoldo Ferreira de Oliveira Bernardi A F , Fernando Augusto Barbosa Silva B , Mauricio Sergio Zacarias C , Hans Klompen D and Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira E

A Pós-Graduação, Ecologia Aplicada, Bolsista CAPES, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Campus Universitário, Zip Code 37200-000, PO BOX 3037, Lavras, MG, Brazil.
B Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Pará, Campus Universitário, Belém, PA, Brazil.
C Embrapa Café/EPAMIG, Lavras, MG, Brazil.
D Museum of Biological Diversity, Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212-1192, USA.
E Laboratório de Ecologia Subterrânea, Setor de Zoologia/Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Campus Universitário, Lavras, MG, Brazil.
F Corresponding author. Email: leopoldobernardi@yahoo.com.br

Invertebrate Systematics 27(3) 294-306 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS12041
Submitted: 25 March 2012  Accepted: 4 February 2013   Published: 25 June 2013

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The mite order Opilioacarida is widely distributed in the tropical and sub-tropical zones of the world, where it is rare and poorly known. On the American continent only two genera, 14 species and one subspecies are known. This work aimed to describe a new species of Caribeacarus from the state of Pará, in the eastern part of the Brazilian Amazon. A phylogenetic analysis of the species in this genus is also presented, and interpreted along with the historical biogeography of this genus in Central and South America. A key to the species of Caribeacarus is provided.

Additional keywords: Amazon, Biogeography, Brazil, Opilioacaridae, Parasitiformes.


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