Oppia nitens, from here.

Belongs within: Oppioidea.

Oppia is a genus of oppioid oribatid mites found in most parts of the world except Australia (Subías 2004). They are fungal feeders with masses of fungal spores having been found in the gut of O. nitens and O. neerlandica (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009).

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Prodorsum with costulae, lamellar and translamellar lines absent; interlamellar setae present; sensillus elongately fusiform or lanceolate. Notogaster without protruding humeral processes; crista absent. Genital plate with five pairs of setae.

<==Oppia Koch 1836 [incl. Dameosoma Berlese 1892]S04
    |--*O. nitens Koch 1836S04 [=Damaeus nitensM98]
    |    |--O. n. nitensS04 (see below for synonymy)
    |    `--O. n. brachytrichinus Dalenius 1958S04
    |--O. alces (Jacot 1934)SN98
    |--O. capense (Paoli 1908) [=Dameosoma capense]S04
    |--O. capilligera (Berlese 1916)B66
    |--O. cephalota (Hall 1911) (n. d.) [=Damaeus cephalotus]S04
    |--O. coloradensis Woolley 1969S04
    |--O. concolor Koch 1839 (n. d.)S04
    |--O. curvicornum (Sellnick 1931)S93
    |--O. cuscensis (Hammer 1961)BM77
    |--O. decipiens (Paoli 1908)M77
    |--O. deliciosa (Hammer 1961)BM77
    |--O. denticulata (Canestrini & Canestrini 1882)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--O. elegans (Trägårdh 1931) (n. d.) [=Dameosoma elegans]S04
    |--O. elongata Jacot 1938 (n. d.) [incl. O. parviaures Jacot 1939]S04
    |--O. ewingi (Berlese 1916)S04 [=Damoeosoma denticulatum var. ewingiS04]
    |--O. falcataN77
    |--O. flagellifera Wang 1993S04
    |--O. huangshanensis Wen & Chen 1991S04
    |--O. hungarica Karpelles 1893 (n. d.)S04
    |--O. incisirostra Woas 1986S04
    |--O. leleupi Balogh 1958 (n. d.)S04
    |--O. maritimaH44
    |--O. mexicana (Woolley 1971) [=Damaeus mexicanus]NP93
    |--O. neerlandicaNB-P09 [=Dameosoma neerlandicumCH98]
    |--O. neonominata Subías 2004 [=Oppia concolor tridentata Pérez-Íñigo 1976 non O. tridentata Forsslund 1942]S04
    |--O. obsoletaN77
    |--O. orientalis Sanyal & Bhaduri 1989S04
    |--O. ornata (Oudemans 1900)S62
    |--O. quadrisetosa (Kramer 1898) (n. d.) [=Notaspis quadrisetosa]S04
    |--O. samadi Kardar 1976S04
    |--O. seminuda Scull, Jeleva & Cruz 1984S04
    |--O. setigera (Woolley 1971) [=Damaeus setiger non Oribata setiger Kulczynski 1902 (not preoc. if in dif. gen.)]NP93
    |--O. speciosa Golosova 1981S04
    |--O. translamellataH44
    |--O. tuxeni Hammer 1968SL71
    `--O. vitrea (Tseng 1982) [=Brachioppia vitrea]S04

Oppia denticulata (Canestrini & Canestrini 1882)S04 [=Belba denticulataS04, *Dameosoma denticulatumCH98; incl. O. cyclosoma Mihelčič 1955S04, O. grandis Mihelčič 1955S04, O. willmanni Oudemans 1937S04]

*Oppia nitens nitens Koch 1836S04 [incl. Belba minuta Banks 1895S04, Dameosoma myrmecophila Sellnick 1928S04, Oppia myrmecophilaL96, Oribata perolata Banks 1909S04]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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