Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Parakalummidae, Hemileiidae, Scheloribatidae, Oripodidae, Haplozetidae, Mochlozetidae, Zetomotrichidae, Caloppiidae, Oribatulidae. The Oripodoidea are a diverse group of mostly mycophagous oribatid mites. Where known, immatures of this superfamily usually possess excentrosclerites in association with the setae, leading to this group sometimes being referred to as the Excentrosclerosae (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). In adults, the octotaxic… Continue reading Oripodoidea


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Eupelops. The Phenopelopidae are a family of oribatid mites with movable pteromorphae and usually dilated setae on the notogaster. They are most known primarily from leaf litter in temperate regions with some species also found at higher altitudes in the tropics (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). Members of the genera Nesopelops, Peloptulus and… Continue reading Phenopelopidae


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Lamellobates, Humerobates, Africoribates, Anellozetes, Chamobates, Zetomimus, Mycobates, Zachvatkinibates, Punctoribates, Melanozetes, Murcia, Ceratozetella, Edwardzetes, Fuscozetes, Sphaerozetes, Ceratozetes, Neogymnobates, Diapterobates, Latilamellobates. The Ceratozetoidea are a group of oribatid mites most diverse in temperate to boreal regions, though some species are also present in the tropics. They are found in a wide variety of habitats,… Continue reading Ceratozetoidea


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Oribatella (Oribatella). The Oribatellidae are a cosmopolitan family of oribatid mites characterised by the present of large, fused lamellae on the prodorsum, and the retention by nymphs of scalps (exuvia of previous instars) that are nevertheless held away from the body by setae. The family is cosmopolitan in distribution, but most diverse… Continue reading Oribatellidae


Belongs within: Oppioidea. Ramusella is a genus of oribatid mites characterised by the presence of three pairs of sigillae between the interlamellar setae. It is divided into subgenera distinguished by features of the rostral setae, which are straight and divergent in Rectoppia, and convergent in the other subgenera. Ramusella (Ramusella) has the rostral setae geniculate… Continue reading Ramusella

Categorised as Oppioidea


Belongs within: Oppioidea. Lanceoppia is a genus of oribatid mites whose name refers to the possession of a lanceolate or elongately fusiform sensillus. In subgenera Baioppia and Lancelalmoppia, the notogastral setae la are inserted anterior to setae lm; in the remaining subgenera the setae la are level with lm or more posterior (Balogh & Balogh… Continue reading Lanceoppia

Categorised as Oppioidea


Belongs within: Brachypylina. The Damaeolidae are a family of oribatid mites with distinctive mouthparts in which the palpal segmentation is reduced, the rutella enlarged and membranous, and the chelicerae have particularly large teeth (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). The family (and its most widespread species, Fosseremus laciniatus) is found on all continents except Antarctica (Subías 2004).… Continue reading Damaeolidae


Belongs within: Brachypylina. The Amerobelbidae is a family of oribatid mites found primarily in the Palaearctic region with the outlying Mongaillardia magna found on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena (Subías 2004). Costulae are present on the prodorsum of the southern European genus Berndamerus but absent in the remaining genera (Balogh & Balogh 1992). Characters… Continue reading Amerobelbidae


Belongs within: Brachypylina. The Ameridae are a family of oribatid mites that have the prodorsum and notogaster partially flattened and often fused. The Madagascan species Pteramerus draco has the fourth trochanters also flattened, with large wing-like crests dorsally and ventrally. In the Southern Hemisphere genus Hymenobelba the epimeral setae are dilated and blade-shaped, while the… Continue reading Ameridae


Belongs within: Brachypylina. Eremobelba is a genus of oribatid mites with branched epimeral setae and usually polygonal granulation. The genus is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world with the species Eremobelba gracilior being found as far north as southern Canada in North America. Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Lamellar setae originating… Continue reading Eremobelba