Myobia murismusculi, copyright Daktaridudu.

Belongs within: Cheyletoidea.

The Myobiidae are a group of mites ectoparasitic on mammals, adapted for clinging to the hair of their host.

Characters (from Walter et al. 2009): Soft-bodied, dorsoventrally flattened mites with legs I with or without claws, shortened and modified for grasping hairs, immatures with ventral unpaired clasping organ on
tarsus; legs II–IV with claws, but without empodia or tenent hairs; immatures with femora and genua fused on all legs; coxal seta 2a present; coxal fields vestigial. Prodorsum with four pairs of non-trichobothrial setae (vi, ve, si, se), idiosomatic shield and eyes absent. Chelicerae styliform, retractile within the gnathosomatic capsule, fused basally with each other and with the subcapitulum except at hypostomatic apex, remnant cheliceral seta (chb) or its alveolus present dorsally on capsule; palpi 2-segmented in adults, absent in immatures; gnathosoma of immatures proboscidiform. Female anal opening dorsal, separate from genital opening; male genito-anal opening dorsal, aedeagus typically elongate and generally directed forward. Dorsal lyrifissures (cupules) absent. With 5 active postembryonic instars: larva, protonymph, deutonymph, tritonymph, and adult.

<==Myobiidae [Myobioidea] WL09
|–Xenomyobia [Xenomyobiinae] WL09
|    `–X. hirsuta WL09
|–Archemyobia [Archemyobiinae] WL09
|    `–A. philander WL09
|–Australomyobia Fain 1973 H98 [Australomyobiinae WL09]
|    |–A. dasycercus Fain 1973 H98
|    |    |–A. d. dasycercus H98
|    |    `–A. d. antechinus Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|    |–A. dasyurus Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|    |–A. necopina (Domrow 1973) [=Archemyobia necopina] H98
|    `–A. phascogale Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
`–Myobiinae WL09
|  i. s.: Radfordia Ewing 1938 E38
|           |–*R. ensifera (Poppe 1896) [=Myobia ensifera; incl. M. ratti Skidmore 1934] E38
|           |–R. affinis (Poppe 1896) [=Myobia affinis] H98
|           |–R. australiana Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|           |–R. chiropteralis [=Myobia chiropteralis] E38
|           |–R. ewingi (Fox 1937) E38, F37 [=Myobia ewingi E38]
|           |–R. fanningi Domrow 1963 H98
|           |–R. floridensis Ewing 1938 E38
|           |–R. hornerae Domrow 1963 H98
|           |–R. hydromys Fain 1991 H98
|           |–R. inaequalis Ewing 1938 E38
|           |–R. ingens [=Myobia ingens] E38
|           |–R. latior Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|           |–R. lemnina (Koch 1841) [=Dermaleichus lemninus, Myobia lemnina] E38
|           |–R. mastacomys Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|           |–R. notomys Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|           |–R. pseudomys Fain 1974 H98
|           |–R. rollinati [=Myobia rollinati] E38
|           |–R. subuliger Ewing 1938 E38
|           |–R. trouessarti [=Myobia trouessarti] E38
|           |–R. vesca Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|           `–R. zyzomys Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|         Amorphacarus Ewing 1938 E38
|           `–*A. elongatus (Poppe 1896) [=Myobia elongata] E38
|–Elephantulobiini WL09
|–Protomyobia Ewing 1938 E38 [Protomyobiini WL09]
|    `–*P. claparedei (Poppe 1896) [=Myobia claparedei] E38
|–Myobia von Heyden 1826 H98 [Myobiini WL09]
|    |–M. murismusculi (Schrank 1781) H98 (see below for synonymy)
|    |–M. brevihamata E38
|    |–M. caudata Banks 1909 [incl. M. canadensis Banks 1909] E38
|    |–M. longa Ewing 1938 E38
|    |–M. otomyia Lawrence 1951 S69
|    |–M. poppei E38
|    `–M. simplex Ewing 1938 E38
`–Acanthophthirius Perkins 1925 H98 [Acanthophthiriini WL09]
|–A. acinipus Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|–A. alatus Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|–A. clarus (Womersley 1941) (see below for synonymy) H98
|–A. intercalatus Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|–A. minimus (Womersley 1941) [=Myobia minima] H98
`–A. womersleyi Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98

Myobiidae incertae sedis:
Eudusbabekia phyllostomi K06
Acrobatobia Fain & Lukoschus 1976 H98
`–A. queenslandica Fain & Lukoschus 1976 H98
Binuncus Radford 1954 H98
|–B. fortis Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
`–B. magnus (Radford 1934) [=Myobia magna, Neomyobia magna] H98
Calcarmyobia Radford 1948 H98
|–C. australasiae Fain & Lukoschus 1980 H98
|–C. miniopteris (Womersley 1941) [=Myobia miniopteris] H98
`–C. orianae Uchikawa 1985 H98
Ewingana Radford 1952 H98
`–E. bispinosa Radford 1952 H98
|–E. b. bispinosa H98
`–E. b. longispina Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
Hipposiderobia Dusbábek 1968 H98
|–H. ateri Uchikawa 1993 H98
|–H. belli Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
|–H. brevisetosa Uchikawa 1993 H98
`–H. semoni Uchikawa 1993 H98
Metabinuncus Fain 1972 H98
`–M. ateri Uchikawa 1992 H98
Pteracarus Jameson & Chow 1952 H98
|–P. chalinolobus (Womersley 1941) [=Myobia chalinolobus, Radfordia chalinolobus] H98
|–P. elegans BVP96
|–P. microdorsalis Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
`–P. miniopteri Uchikawa 1978 H98
Pteropimyobia Fain 1973 H98
`–P. pahangensis Fain 1973 H98
|–P. p. pahangensis H98
`–P. p. quinquedens Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98
Ugandobia Dusbábek 1968 H98
`–U. australiensis Fain & Lukoschus 1979 H98

Acanthophthirius clarus (Womersley 1941) [=Myobia clara, Binuncus clarus, Neomyobia clara, Radfordia clara] H98

Myobia murismusculi (Schrank 1781) H98 [=Pediculus murismusculi H98, *Myobia musculi E38, H98; incl. M. coarctata Heyden 1826 E38, M. musculina Gervais 1844 E38]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BVP96] Batalla, I. B., M. Vargas & O. J. Polaco. 1996. Arthropods associated with Myotis thysanodes Müller 1897, in San Josecito Cave, Nuevo Léon, México. In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 109–111. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

[E38] Ewing, H. E. 1938. North American mites of the subfamily Myobiinae, new subfamily (Arachnida). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 40 (7): 180–197.

[F37] Fox, I. 1937. A new cheyletid mite (Acarina) parasitic on the Carolina jumping mouse, Zapus hudsonius americanus (Barton). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 39 (8): 227–230.

[H98] Halliday, R. B. 1998. Mites of Australia: A checklist and bibliography. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.

[K06] Kwiecinski, G. G. 2006. Phyllostomus discolor. Mammalian Species 801: 1–11.

[S69] Steyskal, G. C. 1969. The mistreatment of the Latin genitive case in forming names of parasites. Systematic Zoology 18 (3): 339–342.

[WL09] Walter, D. E., E. E. Lindquist, I. M. Smith, D. R. Cook & G. W. Krantz. 2009. Order Trombidiformes. In: Krantz, G. W., & D. E. Walter (eds) A Manual of Acarology 3rd ed. pp. 233–420. Texas Tech University Press.

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