An Oribatid Species Provertex kuehnelti New to Fennoscandia
The soil living oribatid Provertex kuehnelti Mihelčič, 1959 was sampled for the first time in Fennoscandia in the western part of Norway at Dalsnibba (Møre og Romsdal). We found seven individuals in pit fall traps during the snow free period of 2009. The specimens were sampled on a ridge 1332.2m.a.s.l. Between 15 July and 12 August 2009 three adults, one shell of an adult and three juveniles of P. kuehnelti were sampled. Up until now, the species was only known from alpine sites in Austria, Northern Italy and the Czech Republic. The distribution of P. kuehnelti should therefore be regarded as boreo-alpine.