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: 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


Belongs within: Brachypylina. Banksinoma is a genus of oribatid mites found in Eurasia and the Americas, characterised by strongly convergent costulae on the prodorsum. The most widespread species, B. lanceolata, is found over the greater part of the Holarctic region as well as in Hawaii. Banksinoma setosa is found in northeastern Asia (Siberia) and in… Continue reading Thyrisomidae


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Galumnopsis, Galumnella, Allogalumna, Acrogalumna, Pilogalumna, Pilizetes, Trichogalumna, Pergalumna, Galumna. The Galumnidae is a diverse family of oribatid mites with large pteromorphs on either side of the notogaster that can hinge downwards to cover the legs. The prodorsum lacks true lamellae, but sclerotised lamellar lines and usually sublamellar lines are present in the subfamilies… Continue reading Galumnoidea