Acarologists from the UPLB Museum of Natural History recently reported their discovery of a cave mite new to science.
Professor Emeritus Leonila A. Corpuz-Raros, curator of the MNH Entomological Museum and research associate Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo found two unique female specimens from bat guano which was collected by other museum staff in an expedition in Biak-na-Bato National Park in 2003. The park consists of a cave network and a system of rivers and trails of both historical and ecological importance.
They named the new cheyletid mite Lanceacheyla filipina, n. sp. Corpuz-Raros & Naredo as a tribute to the Filipina woman.
In article published in the recent issue of the <a href="https://journals.uplb.edu.ph/index.php/TPE/article/view/1574">Philippine Entomologist</a>, Raros and Naredo reported that "L. filipina is the second species known in the genus Lanceacheyla Xia et al. (2011) and the first species of this genus from a cave habitat."
"The new Philippine species described is the sixth species of known cave cheyletids," the authors wrote.
Naming the new species in recognition of the Filipina according to the authors is very relevant to history.
"As we all know, the first Philippine republic was declared in Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel, Bulacan by the Philippine revolutionary movement which also includes famous and unnamed Filipina patriots," the authors said in an interview.