Phthiracaridae

Belongs within: Ptyctima.Contains: Phthiracarus (Phthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Archiphthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus), Hoplophthiracarus, Steganacarus, Notophthiracarus, Atropacarus. The Phthiracaridae are a group of box mites with a broad anogenital region, with an articulating cuticle between the anogenital region and an overhanging tectum of the notogaster. This articulation presumably allows the anogenital region to be lowered, expanding the effective volume… Continue reading Phthiracaridae

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Notophthiracarus

Belongs within: Phthiracaridae. Notophthiracarus is a genus of ptyctimous oribatid mites that is particularly diverse in the Oriental and Australasian regions. Members of the subgenus Notophthiracarus sensu stricto have the genital setae arranged in a single longitudinal row along the inner margin of the genital plates but two such rows are present in Calyptophthiracarus. In… Continue reading Notophthiracarus

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Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus)

Belongs within: Phthiracaridae. The subgenus Neophthiracarus of the genus Phthiracarus is a pantropical and subtropical group of phthiracaroid mites exhibiting ano-adanal neotrichy. The majority of known species have been described from Australasia and South America; a small number have been described from southern and eastern Asia and one species P. anosculpturatus is known from Kenya… Continue reading Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus)

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Ptyctima

Belongs within: Holonota.Contains: Austrotritia, Mesotritia, Oribotritia, Indotritia, Euphthiracarus, Acrotritia, Microtritia, Phthiracarus (Phthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Archiphthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus), Hoplophthiracarus, Steganacarus, Atropacarinae. The Ptyctima are a group of oribatid mites with a ptychoid body plan: that is, the legs can be fully withdrawn and the aspis rotated ventrad to cover the legs against the notogaster and ventral plate.… Continue reading Ptyctima

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Steganacarus

Belongs within: Phthiracaridae. Steganacarus is a genus of phthiracarid mites found in the Holarctic, Afrotropical and Neotropical regions in which seta d on tibia IV is long and removed from the solenidion. Rhacaplacarus is a cosmopolitan genus of phthiracarid mites. The type species R. amoenus was described from Uganda and probably the greater number of… Continue reading Steganacarus

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Mesotritia

Belongs within: Ptyctima. Mesotritia is a semi-cosmopolitan (unknown from Australasia) genus of euphthiracaroid box mites (Subías 2004). Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Aspis with one or two lateral carinae. Posterior median apodeme present. Genu IV without solenidion; seta d on tibia IV short, coupled with solenidion. Genital-aggenital suture complete, genital and aggenital plates well… Continue reading Mesotritia

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Austrotritia

Belongs within: Ptyctima. Austrotritia is a genus of euphthiracaroid box mites found primarily in tropical Asia and Oceania (Subías 2004). Austrotritia: Jack-in-the-box mites Published 7 May 2020 We just keep coming back to the oribatids, don’t we? In an earlier post, I introduced you to Oribotritia, one of the genera of box mites. These, you… Continue reading Austrotritia

Indotritia

Belongs within: Ptyctima. Indotritia is a cosmopolitan genus of euphthiracaroid box mites (Subías 2004). Most species possess an ano-adanal cleft on the venter and two lateral carinae on the aspis but the ano-adanal cleft is absent and only a single lateral carina is present on the aspis of the Australasian subgenus Zeaotritia (Balogh & Balogh… Continue reading Indotritia

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Oribotritia

Belongs within: Ptyctima. Oribotritia is a cosmopolitan genus of euphthiracaroid box mites (Subías 2004). Oribotritia: some mites just want to be left alone Published 10 December 2013 I’m aware that a lot of people would not automatically think of mites when categorising cuteness, but I dare you to look at the animal in the photo… Continue reading Oribotritia

Acrotritia

Belongs within: Ptyctima. Acrotritia is a cosmopolitan genus of box mites that has often been referred to by the junior synonymous name Rhysotritia (Subías 2004). The type species A. ardua is cosmopolitan in distribution; its distinctive features include a smooth dorsal surface and a gradually thickened, setulose head on the sensillus. Characters (from Balogh &… Continue reading Acrotritia

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