Belongs within: Oribatulidae. Phauloppia is a cosmopolitan genus of oribatid mites with a thin lamella and lacking pteromorphs. The type species P. lucorum is Holarctic in distribution with records particularly abundant in the western Palaearctic (Subías 2004). Characters (from Kim et al. 2016): Adult relatively large in size; lamella very thin, located in the middle… Continue reading Phauloppia


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Halozetes. The Ameronothroidea are a group of mostly semi-aquatic oribatid mites, inhabiting locations such as ephemeral rock pools or intertidal littoral zones. Gas exchange may be facilitated during immersion by a cerotegumental plastron and/or taenidia and tecta in the pleural region. Some species of Ameronothridae are noteworthy for being found in extreme… Continue reading Ameronothroidea


Belongs within: Brachypylina. The Basilobelbidae are a pantropical group of oribatid mites bearing scalps attached to the notogaster by an anterior medial tubercle. The chelicerae are peloptoid and covered by a pointed rostrum in the genus Xiphobelba whereas Basilobelba have dentate chelicerae and a rounded rostrum. Species of Xiphobelba are known from southern Asia and… Continue reading Basilobelbidae

Lauritzenia (Incabates)

Belongs within: Haplozetidae. The subgenus Incabates of the genus Lauritzenia is a tropical and subtropical group of oribatid mites. They are distinguished from other subgenera in Lauritzenia by their tridactyle legs and terminally dilated or capitate sensillus. The mites of the Incas Published 29 January 2013 The oribatid mite genus Incabates was first established by… Continue reading Lauritzenia (Incabates)


Belongs within: Brachypylina. The Cepheidae are a family of often relatively large oribatid mites, usually with a sculptured integument. Species of Cepheus can be found in moss, litter and rotting wood. Cepheus latus is a borer in birch twigs (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). The genera Ommatocepheus, Eupterotegaeus, Conoppia, Sphodrocepheus and Tritegeus have tridactylous legs; the… Continue reading Cepheidae


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Bipassalozetes, Passalozetes, Licneremaeus, Micreremus, Scutovertex. The Licneremaeoidea are a group of fungi-feeding oribatid mites found in periodically or permanently dry environments such as deserts or tree canopies (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009) The octotaxic system of glandular openings is reduced or absent in some families, making them potentially of interest for determining whether… Continue reading Licneremaeoidea


Belongs within: Oripodoidea.Contains: Perscheloribates (Perscheloribates), Scheloribates (Scheloribates), Scheloribates (Topobates). The Scheloribatidae are a diverse family of oribatid mites with the octotaxic system commonly developed as sacculi, and immovable pteromorphs usually present. The Tongan species Planobates circumalatus has a single pair of setae on the genital plates; other genera have three to five pairs. The notogastral… Continue reading Scheloribatidae


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