Dorsal shield (left) and ventral surface of Paragigagnathus strunkhovae, from Chant & McMurtry (2003).

Belongs within: Phytoseioidea.
Contains: Neoseiulus.

The Neoseiulini are a group of mostly relatively conservative predatory mites, most of which are placed in the large genus Neoseiulus. The basal species Evansoseius macfarlanei differs from other members of the tribe in the presence of setae J1 and J4 and the absence of seta R1 (Chant & McMurtry 2003).

Characters (from Chant & McMurtry 2003): Dorsal shield longer than wide; posterior margin rounded, without marked indentation at level of seta S5; usually but not always sculptured/ reticulated/ imbricated. Lateral dorsal setae other than Z5 and sometimes Z4 approximately subequal, without great disparities in length; setae z2 and z4 never, and dorsocentral setae usually not, minute; dorsal setae usually setiform, at most lightly serrated; setae j5, J2, Z1, S4 and S5 always present; seta r3 and usually R1 inserted on lateral integument of female. Female sternal shield usually longer than wide, with posterior margin usually concave or straight, often reticulated or striated; seta St3 usually inserted on shield, occasionally inserted on separate platelet. Female genital shield relatively narrow, posteriorly truncate, with genital seta, sometimes reticulated; usually about the same width as ventrianal shield. Female ventrianal shield usually longer than wide, sometimes extremely so; usually with three pairs of preanal setae, JV1, JV2 and JV3, arranged in broad triangular pattern, and pair of pores widely or narrowly spaced; never vase-shaped; caudoventral area around shield usually with setae JV4, JV5, ZV1 and ZV3. Extensive sexual dimorphism in caudoventral setation present. Peritreme usually extending to level of setae j1/j3, occasionally shorter; peritremal shield narrow, fused anteriorly with dorsal shield, without ecta strip. Chelicera of normal size; fixed digit of female chelicera usually with five or fewer teeth or, if multidentate, with teeth evenly distributed along distal two-thirds of fixed digit; movable digit with 0-3 teeth, most commonly one. Leg I always and legs II-III usually without significant macrosetae. Leg IV with 0-3 macrosetae, most commonly one (Bt).

    |  i. s.: Ricoseius loxocheles De Leon 1965CM03
    |--Evansoseius Sheals 1962 [Evanseiini]CM03
    |    `--*E. macfarlanei Sheals 1962CM03
    `--+--+--Chileseius Gonzalez & Schuster 1962 [incl. Avioseius Karg 1976]CM03
       |  |    |--*C. camposi Gonzalez & Schuster 1962 [incl. *Avioseius pennatus Karg 1976]CM03
       |  |    `--C. paracamposi Yoshida-Shaul & Chant 1991CM03
       |  `--+--Pholaseius Beard 2001CM03
       |     |    `--*P. colliculatus Beard 2001CM03
       |     `--Olpiseius Beard 2001CM03
       |          |--*O. noncollyerae (Schicha 1987) [=Typhlodromus noncollyerae]CM03
       |          |--O. djarradjin Beard 2001CM03
       |          `--O. perthae (McMurtry & Schicha 1987)CM03 [=Amblyseius perthaeH98, Typhlodromus perthaeCM03]
       `--+--Archeosetus Chant & McMurtry 2003CM03
          |    `--A. rackae (Fain 1987) [=Amblyseius rackae]CM03
             `--+--Phyllodromus De Leon 1959CM03
                |    |--*P. leiodis De Leon 1959CM03
                |    `--P. trisetatus Moraes et al. 1997CM03
                `--Paragigagnathus Amitai & Grinberg 1971 (see below for synonymy)CM03
                     |--+--P. bidentatus (Kuznetsov 1993)CM03
                     |  |--P. cataractus (Ueckermann & Loots 1988)CM03
                     |  |--P. molestus Kolodochka 1989CM03
                     |  `--P. strunkhovae Wainstein 1973 [=*Pamiroseius strunkhovae, Amblyseius (Pamiroseius) strunkhovae]CM03
                     `--+--*P. tamaricis Amitai & Grinberg 1971 [incl. *Afrogigagnathus tawfiki Yousef 1974]CM03
                        |--P. amantis (Chaudhri 1979) [=*Ansaria amantis]CM03
                        |--P. desertorum (Amitai & Swirski 1978) [=*Phytocerus desertorum]CM03
                        |--P. insuetus (Livschitz & Kuznetsov 1972)CM03
                        `--P. namibiaensis (Ueckermann & Loots 1988)CM03

Paragigagnathus Amitai & Grinberg 1971 [incl. Afrogigagnathus Yousef 1974, Ansaria Chaudhri 1979, Pamiroseius Wainstein 1973, Phytocerus Amitai & Swirski 1978]CM03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[CM03] Chant, D. A., & J. A. McMurtry. 2003. A review of the subfamily Amblyseiinae Muma (Acari: Phytoseiidae): part I. Neoseiulini new tribe. International Journal of Acarology 29 (1): 3–46.

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

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