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The genus Feltria has a widespread Holarctic distribution. A few species (Lundblad, 1941, 1969) have also been reported from northern Burma but this latter area. as far as its water mite fauna is concerned, might better be considered part of the southern border of the Palearctic, rather than a part of the Oriental Region. Previously. thirty apparently valid species and subspecies of Feltria were known from North America. The present paper describes nine additional forms and brings the total from the Nearctic area to 39, which is nearly identical with the number known from Europe. Most North American species are found in mountainous regions, but four are known from cold streams and springs in Michigan. The majority of Nearctic species are found associated with mosses and other matted aquatic plants, but twelve (including four described in this paper) are typically residents of the interstitial water associated with stream sand and gravel deposits.

For reasons to be listed along with the description of Feltria testudo n. sp., the genus Azugofeltria is reduced to the rank of subgenus. The terminology used in describing musclt: attachment plates and glandularia of the dorsum follows that of Cook (1961). In presenting measurements, those of the holotype and allotype are given first. If a series of specimens is available, the range of variation is given in parentheses following the measurements of the primary types. Holotypes and allotypes will be deposited in the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago).

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