Belongs within: Cosmochthonioidea. The Protoplophoridae are a cosmopolitan family of oribatid mites with a ptychoid body form, able to withdraw the legs and close the aspis against the notogaster and ventral region, and with the notogaster divided by three transverse sutures (Balogh & Balogh 1992). A telescoping type L scissure divides the notogaster between the… Continue reading Protoplophoridae


Belongs within: Cosmochthonioidea. The Cosmochthoniidae are a group of oribatid mites found in dry habitats such as arid soils. They are characterised by having four pairs of large erectile setae arising from transverse scissures on the notogaster. Members of the genus Phyllozetes have the notogaster divided into five shields by four sutures whereas Krivolutskiella pubescens… Continue reading Cosmochthoniidae


Belongs within: Cosmochthonioidea. The Sphaerochthoniidae are a cosmopolitan group of oribatid mites with the notogaster divided by a telescoping type L scissure. Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Integument distinctly patterned (foveolate or reticulate); at least some dorsal setae of notogaster and/or prodorsum heavily ciliate, T-shaped. Prodorsum stegasime; base of bothridial seta with conspicuous sharp… Continue reading Sphaerochthoniidae


Belongs within: Oribatida.Contains: Protoplophoridae, Sphaerochthoniidae, Cosmochthoniidae. The Haplochthoniidae are a group of somewhat paedomorphic oribatid mites found in dry habitats such as building debris or dry soils. Cosmochthonioidea [Protoplophoroidea]PL17 |–+–ProtoplophoridaeN01 | `–SphaerochthoniidaeN01 `–+–CosmochthoniidaeN01 `–+–HaplochthoniidaeN01 | |–Amnemochthonius Grandjean 1949S04 | | `–*A. taeniophorus Grandjean 1948S04 | `–Haplochthonius Willmann 1930 [incl. Tetrochthonius Hammer 1958]S04 | |–H. (Haplochthonius)S04… Continue reading Cosmochthonioidea