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A New Water Mite (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Sperchontidae) From The Himalaya Mountains (Nothern India)

A water mite Sperchon ivonae Pesic et Gerecke, sp. n. (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Sperchontidae) from a stream in the Himalaya Mountains (Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India) is described. Type material is deposited in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum Basel.


Morphological Redescription and Molecular Characterization of Dactylogyrus labei (Monogenea, Dactylogyridae) from Catla catla: a New Host Record in India. Chiary, H. R., Chaudhary, A., Singh, H. S. - Dactylogyrus labei Musselius et Gusev, 1976 (atypical form) specimens were collected from host Catla catla from the river Brahmaputra, Guwahati, Assam, India. The Dactylogyrus samples were examined by morphological and molecular methods. This parasite was originally described from Labeo rohita from fish farm Kalyani, West Bengal, India, but the morphological study of sclerotized parts showed the existence of D. labei on Catla catla. This is the first record of D. labei from Catla catla in India.


The present study describes the molecular characterization of the monogenea Dactylogyroides tripathii (Tripathi, 1959) Gussev, 1973 infecting the gill filaments of fish, Puntius ticto from River Brahmaputra, Guwahati, Assam, India. This study shows the D. tripathii species identification resulted from the use of molecular data, particularly the 28S rDNA gene. We compared the 28S partial rDNA sequence of D. tripathii with same gene region of the other species of monogeneans available in GenBank. With this comparison, we determined that the sequence had a similarity with one available species of the genus Dactylogyroides Gussev, 1963 i. e., D. longicirrus and also with the species of Dactylogyrus from which this genus was distinguished.

Echinopla Cherapunjiensis sp. n. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from India

Echinopla cherapunjiensis Bharti et Gul, sp. n. is described from India. This represents the second species of genus reported in India, with only Echinopla lineata senilis Mayr, 1862 described earlier from Nicobar Islands. The species distinctly differs from all other known species of this genus by the following combination of characters: globose shape of head, presence of seven teeth on petiolar scale, flat dorsum of mesosoma with promesonotal and mesometanotal sutures obsolete, whole body surface (dorsum) rough due to sinuous sculpture, deep excavations and spiky elevations on head and mesosoma and excavations on gaster.

A New Species of the Genus Paraphlegopteryx (Trichoptera, Lepidostomatidae) from India

A new species of genus Paraphlegopteryx Ulmer is described and presented from Indian Himalaya, namely Paraphlegopteryx weaveri Parey et Saini, sp. n. from Zemithang (Arunachal Pradesh) belonging to the P. composite group. As an addition to this genus the 15 valid species from India is represented. A key to all the 15 species of India which is modified after Weaver (1999) is provided.


Kisaura malickyi sp. n., K. bhagati sp. n. from Uttarakhand, and K. kanchenjungaensis sp. n. from Sikkim are described and illustrated in this paper.

Vollenhovia gastropunctata Bharti et Kumar, sp. n. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) is described and illustrated based on the worker caste from India. A key to the Indian species of Vollenhovia Mayr, 1865 is provided


Himalopsyche schmidi sp. n. from Gehra (India: Himachal Pradesh) belonging to the H. kuldschensis group is described and illustrated. Keys to both males and females and a catalogue of Indian species of Himalopsyche are included