Entomologists from the UPLB Museum of Natural History's Entomological Collection gave the institution a new source of pride after their newest paper describing new species of mites was released a day before the Museum's 41st anniversary.

Led by Curator emeritus Dr. Leonila A. Corpuz-Raros, the group, which also includes budding acarologist Jeremy Carlos B. Naredo and technician Rufino C. Garcia, was able to describe four new species of predatory mites belonging to the subfamily Coleoscirinae (family Cunaxidae) in a paper published in the longest running journal dedicated to acarology, Acarologia.

The newly described mites from the Philippines were the following: Neobonzia ermilovi n. sp., Neoscirula klompeni n. sp., N. lagunaensis n. sp. and N.lambatina n. sp.

Neobonzia ermilovi was named after Dr. Sergey G. Ermilov, Tyumen State University, Russia, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Philippine oribatology. On the other hand, Neoscirula klompeni Was named in honor of Dr. Hans Klompen, Ohio State University, in recognition of his extensive studies on Philippine vertebrate parasitic mites, especially Sarcoptoidea and other Astigmata.

Included in their article are the keys (based on females) for four species of Neobonzia, and the 11 species of Neoscirula that are currently known from the Philippines.

The discovery of the four new species brings the total known Philippine cunaxid fauna to 78, probably now surpassing other countries worldwide. In 2011, the Philippines ranked third in the most number of known cunaxids, the top tow being South Africa (68 species) and USA (58 species).


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