Summary: Accepted by O. Seeman: 9 Nov. 2006; published: 8 Jan. 2007 47
ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition)
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Zootaxa 1387: 4757 (2007)
A new species of Ophiomegistus Banks (Acari: Paramegistidae)
from Papua New Guinea
& CHRISTOPHER C. AUSTIN2
Acarology Laboratory, Dept. of Entomology, Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212.
Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, 119 Foster Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. E-mail: email@example.com
A new species of Ophiomegistus, O. spectabilis, is described from New Guinea. This represents the 13th species of this
genus from New Guinea skinks. A re-evaluation of host and locality data for the genus shows a host range restricted to
squamates, especially skinks, but no obvious specificity for individual skink species. Specificity for small geographical
areas seems more likely.