Systematic & Applied Acarology
ISSN 1362-1971
An international journal of the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society, published since 1996

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Systematic & Applied Acarology (2007) 12, 205-212

A new species of Monatractides (Acari: Hydrachnidia: Torrenticolidae) and new records of other torrenticolid water mites from the Garhwal Himalayas (India)

Department of Biology, University of Montenegro, Cetinjski put b.b., 81000 Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro. E-mail: pesicv@cg.yu
2 2Department of Zoology, Meerut College, Meerut-250001, U.P., India. E-mail:


New records of water mite of the family Torrenticolidae (Acari: Hydrachnidia) from hillstreams of the Garhwal Himalayas (Northern India) are presented. Monatractides garhwaliensis is described as new to science; first records from India are given for Torrenticola semisuta (Halik) and Torrenticola cf. turkestanica (Sokolow).

Key words: Acari, water mites, new species, running waters, India


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