Eremulus sp., copyright Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

Belongs within: Holonota.

The Eremulidae are a group of oribatid mites most diverse in tropical regions though some species of Eremulus are also found in temperate habitats. Most genera have three pairs of aggenital setae but five are present in the Argentinian Pseuderemulus gladiator and seven in the palaeotropical Caveremulus.

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Length 275–500 µm. Gnathosoma normal; chelicerae with dentate chelae, two setae; rutella normally developed. Prodorsum shorter in length than notogaster; true lamellae absent, costulae present. Notogaster with scalps absent; octotaxic system absent; dorsophragamata and pleurophragmata absent. paired opisthonotal glands opening direct on notogaster. Pedotectum I present; propodolateral apophysis absent. Ventral plate setae branched; three pairs of adanal setae. Femora I–IV and trochanters III–IV with porose areas; tibiae and tarsi without retrotecta.

    |--Austroeremulus Mahunka 1985S04
    |    `--*A. glabrus Mahunka 1985S04
    |--Pseuderemulus Balogh & Mahunka 1968S04
    |    `--*P. gladiator Balogh & Mahunka 1968S04
    |--Reteremuloides Mahunka 1989S04
    |    `--*R. bifurcatus Mahunka 1989S04
    |--Caveremulus Mahunka 1983 [incl. Berndbella Mahunka 1985]S04
    |    |--*C. cordisetus Mahunka 1983S04
    |    `--C. serratus (Mahunka 1985) [=Berndbella serrata]S04
    |--Fenestrella Mahunka 1987S04
    |    |--*F. bifurcata Mahunka 1987S04
    |    `--F. sinica Zhao & Wen 1994S04
    |--Reteremulus Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
    |    `--*R. aciculatus Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
    |         |--R. a. aciculatusS04
    |         `--R. a. papuanus Balogh 1968S04
    `--Eremulus Berlese 1908S04
         |--*E. flagellifer Berlese 1908S04 [=E. flagelliger (l. c.)L85; incl. E. modestus Berlese 1908S04]
         |--E. adami Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
         |--E. africanus Balogh 1958 (n. d.)S04
         |--E. antis Poltavskaja 1987S04
         |--E. australis Wen 1988S04
         |--E. avenifer Berlese 1913S04
         |--E. baliensis Hammer 1982S04
         |--E. berlesei Mahunka 1977S04
         |--E. brasiliensis Pérez-Íñigo & Baggio 1985S04
         |--E. cingulatus Jacot 1937S04
         |--E. clavatoflagellatus Lombardini 1963 (n. d.)S04
         |--E. crispus Hammer 1958S04
         |--E. curviseta Hammer 1971S04
         |--E. densus Hammer 1979S04
         |--E. elegans Gordeeva 1987S04
         |--E. foveolatus Hammer 1962S04
         |--E. hastatus Hammer 1961S04
         |--E. lanceocrinus Balogh 1958 (n. d.)S04
         |--E. monstrosus Hammer 1972S04
         |--E. nigrisetosus Hammer 1958S04
         |--E. pectinatus Jacot 1937S04
         |--E. pilipinus Corpuz-Raros 1979S04
         |--E. renukae Sanyal 1992S04
         |--E. rigidisetus Balogh & Mahunka 1969S04
         |--E. rimosus Tseng 1982S04
         |--E. serratus Hammer 1966S04
         |--E. spinifer Woolley & Higgins 1963S04
         |--E. tenuis Hammer 1979S04
         |--E. translamellatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969S04
         |--E. truncatus Hammer 1971S04
         `--E. wallworki Balogh 1958H07

*Type species of generic name indicated


[H07] Haq, M. A. 2007. Biodegradation and productivity in tropical ecosystem by oribatid mites. In: Morales-Malacara, J. B., V. M. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann, T. M. Pérez, E. G. Estrada-Venegas & M. Badii (eds) Acarology XI: Proceedings of the International Congress pp. 137–150. Instituto de Biología and Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología: México.

[L85] Luxton, M. 1985. Cryptostigmata (Arachnida: Acari)—a concise review. Fauna of New Zealand 7: 1–106.

[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.

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