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Luis Fernando Villagomez Lazo de la Vega

Since 2020

Scientific assistant in the project "integrative taxonomy of parthenogenetic oribatid mites"

Since 2019

PhD candidate in Ecology. UNAM. Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas, Faculty of Sciences.

PhD  thesis: "Spatial and temporal variation of the Oribatid (Acari: Oribatei) mite communities in the tropical rain forest of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico".


Master's degree. UNAM. Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas, Faculty of Sciences. 

Master's thesis: "Morphological and mollecular delimitation of Galumnidae 

(Acari: Oribatei) mites from central Mexico”.


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Faculty of Sciences. Diploma topic:"Taxonomy of Galumnoidea (Acari: Oribatei) mites".


 Research interests     


I am interested in the morphological and mollecular taxonomy and species delimitation of oribatid mites, also in the  ecology of their communities in different vertical strata and microhabitats.

Research domains: 


Taxonomy and systematics






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B1|01, Room 260 

Luis Fernando Villagomez Lazo de la Vega

Biology Department

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schnittspahnstr. 3

64287 Darmstadt


 Research projects  


Integrative taxonomy – Parthenogenetic radiations and ‘species’ delimitation using multimodal data.







Villagomez, F., J.G. Palacios-Vargas & J. Páez. 2021. A new species of Notogalumna from the canopy and another new edaphic species of Galumnopsis         (Acari: Oribatida: Galumnoidea) from the tropical rainforest of Los Tuxtlas, Mexico. Zootaxa. 5020(1): 171-183. 


Páez, J., F. Villagomez & J.G. Palacios-Vargas. 2019. Description of a new Pergalumna (Acari: Oribatida: Galumnidae) species from Mexico and its               postembryonic development. Zootaxa. 4647(1): 385-406.

Villagomez, F., J.G. Palacios-Vargas, G. Castaño-Meneses & I. Castellanos-Vargas. 2019. Effect of tree identity, temporal variation and edaphic                     parameters on the structure of the edaphic community of oribatid mites in an evergreen tropical forest of Mexico. Applied Ecology and                           Environmental Research. 17(6): 14621-14639.


Pérez-Flores, O., V.H. Toledo-Hernández & F. Villagomez. 2018. A new species of Eburia Lacordaire, 1830 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Mexico. Zootaxa. 4399(2): 289-295.


Arango, A., F. Villagomez & J.G. Palacios-Vargas, 2017. On the genus Americanura Cassagnau, 1983 (Collembola: Neanuridae: Sensillanurini) with               description of a new Mexican species and complement to the description of A. mexicana Cassagnau, 1983. Zoosystema. 39(1): 49-54.

Palacios-Vargas, J.G. y F. Villagomez. 2017. Three new species of Pergalumna (Acari: Oribatida: Galumnidae) from the tropical rainforest of Veracruz,           Mexico. Zootaxa. 4242(1): 077-094.

Villagomez, F. & A. Contreas-Ramos, 2017. First records of adult feeding in Megaloptera (Corydalidae, Corydalinae) from Mexico and their possible               relationship with the increase in life span. Zootaxa. 4341(2): 287-290.


Pérez-Flores, O., F. Villagomez & O.R. Galindo. 2016. A new species of Chrysina Kirby (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelini) from Mexico based on                 morphological and molecular data. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. 4(1): 606-610.


Villagomez F., A. Contreras-Ramos & Y. Márquez-López. 2015. Rediscovery of Eremobittacus spinulatus Byers (Mecoptera, Bittacidae) in Mexico, with           comments on sexual dimorphism and potential mimicry. Zookeys. 539: 111-117.

Villagomez L.F. & Palacios-Vargas J.G. 2015. A new species of Pilogalumna (Acari: Oribatida: Galumnidae) from Mexico. Revista mexicana de                       Biodiversidad. 86: 597-604.


Villagomez F. & Palacios-Vargas J.G. 2013. A new species of Trichogalumna (Acari: Oribatida: Galumnidae) from Mexico. Brenesia. 79: 72-80.

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