Diapterobates notatus, from the UNIS University Centre in Svalbard.

Belongs within: Ceratozetoidea.

Diapterobates is a genus of oribatid mites found in the Holarctic region (Subías 2004). The type species Diapterobates humeralis has been studied as a control agent for the hemlock woolly adelgid Adelges tsugae, as in the process of feeding on the woolly filaments covering this insect’s ovisacs it tends to dislodge and destroy the eggs themselves.

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Prodorsum with lamellae and translamella present; sensillus short with dilated head. Notogaster with thirteen pairs of setae; four pairs of areae porosae; areae porosae Aa elongate, thrice or more as long as wide; pteromorphae immovable. Six pairs of genital setae; one pair of aggenital setae; two pairs of anal setae; three pairs of adanal setae. Legs tridactyle.

<==Diapterobates Grandjean 1936S04
    |--D. humeralis (Hermann 1804)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--D. altimontanus Hammer 1977S04
    |--D. arnoldii Krivolutsky 1966S04
    |--D. bogduulensis Bayartogtokh & Aoki 1998S04
    |--D. crinitus Pankov 1982S04
    |--D. izuensis Suzuki 1971S04
    |--D. japonicus Aoki 1982S04
    |--D. montivagus (Hull 1914) (n. d.)S04 [=Oribata montivagaS04, Chamobates montivagusL87, Sphaerozetes montivagusL87]
    |--D. nayoroensis Fujikawa 1984S04
    |--D. notatus (Thorell 1871)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--D. oblongus (Koch 1879)S04 [=Oppia oblongaS04, Sphaerozetes oblongusL87]
    |--D. oromurcii Shaldybina 1970S04
    |--D. pusillus Aoki 1969S04
    |    |--D. p. pusillusS04
    |    `--D. p. cuspidatus Choi 1986S04
    |--D. reticulatus (Koch 1879)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--D. rostralis Shaldybina 1971S04
    |--D. rostrotuberculatus Shaldybina 1971S04
    |--D. rotundocuspidatus Shaldybina 1970 [incl. D. siccatus Behan-Pelletier 1986]S04
    |--D. sitnikovae Shaldybina 1970S04
    |--D. songliensis Choi 1986S04
    |--D. unimaculatus (Banks 1906) [=Galumna unimaculata]S04
    `--D. variabilis Hammer 1955S04
         |--D. v. variabilisS04
         |--D. v. altissimus Piffl 1971S04
         |--D. v. honshuensis Aoki 1982S04
         `--D. v. yezoensis Aoki 1982S04

Diapterobates humeralis (Hermann 1804)S04 [=Notaspis humeralisS04, Oribates humeralisCF77, Trichoribates humeralisJ38; incl. Sphaerozetes (Trichoribates) numerosus Sellnick 1924S04, *Diapterobates numerosusS04, Murcia numerosaA82, Oribata picipes Koch 1839S04, Sphaerozetes picipesL87]

Diapterobates notatus (Thorell 1871)S04 [=Oribata notataS04, Notaspis trimaculatus var. notataT05, Sphaerozetes notatusL87; incl. Claviceps bimaculatus Koch 1879S04, S. strandi Berlese 1910S04]

Diapterobates reticulatus (Koch 1879)S04 [=Oribata reticulataS04, O. orbicularis var. reticulataT05; incl. Sphaerozetes (Trichoribates) principalis Berlese 1914S04]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A82] Aoki, J. 1982. The Japanese species of the genera Trichoribates and Diapterobates (Acari: Oribatida). Bulletin of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Yokohama National University 8 (1): 185–205.

Balogh, J., & P. Balogh. 1992. The Oribatid Mites Genera of the World vol. 1. Hungarian Natural History Museum: Budapest.

[CF77] Canestrini, G., & F. Fanzago. 1877. Intorno agli Acari Italiani. Atti del Reale Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Serie 5, 4: 69–208, pls 2–7.

[J38] Jacot, A. P. 1938. Some new western North Carolina moss-mites. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 40 (1): 10–15.

[L87] Luxton, M. 1987. The oribatid mites (Acari: Cryptostigmata) of J. E. Hull. Journal of Natural History 21: 1273–1291.

[S04] Subías, L. S. 2004. Listado sistemático, sinonímico y biogeográfico de los ácaros oribátidos (Acariformes, Oribatida) del mundo (1758–2002). Graellsia 60 (número extraordinario): 3–305.

[T05] Trägårdh, I. 1905. Monographie der arktischen Acariden. In: Römer, F., & F. Schaudinn (eds) Fauna Arctica. Eine Zusammenstellun der arktischen Tierformen, mit besonder Berücksichtigung des Spitzbergen-Gebietes auf Grund der Ergebnisse der Deutschen Expedition in das Nördliche Eismeer im Jahre 1898 vol. 4 pp. 1–78. Gustav Fischer: Jena.

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