Introducing Orthadenella coulsoni

Introducing Orthadenella coulsoni

Top image: UNIS Professor Steve Coulson. Photo: Geir Wing Gabrielsen

A mite species has been named after our professor Steve Coulson. Orthadenella coulsoni was found in Siberia and is now fully described in the Journal of Natural History.

13 November 2014

The new article by scientists from Poznan University of Life Sciences in Poland and Russian Academy of Sciences, presents a description and iconographic documentation of a mite species new to science: Orthadenella coulsoni.

Until now only two species of Orthadenella were known; Orthodenella lawrencei and Orthodenella tennesseensis.

In the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia, Russia, 19 females and eight males of an undescribed species belonging to the genus Orthadenella were found in litter.

In the article in the Journal of Natural History, the authors Dariusz J. Gwiazdowicz, Irina I. Marchenko and Ewa Teodorowicz has described the new species and given it a name. They dedicated the new species to UNIS Professor Steve Coulson, as a friend and colleague. Coulson himself is very flattered to have the new species named in his honour.

It is not the first time that Coulson has had a new species named after him. In 2012, Polish scientists identified a new species of water bears in Svalbard and named it Isohypsibius coulsoni.

Dariusz J. Gwiazdowicz, Irina I. Marchenko & Ewa Teodorowicz: “Description of Orthadenella coulsoni sp. nov. (Acari, Mesostigmata, Melicharidae) from Siberia with a key to the females of Orthadenella”. Journal of Natural History, November 2014.

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