Lucoppia burrowsi, copyright Charley Eiseman.

Belongs within: Oripodoidea.
Contains: Phauloppia, Oribatula (Oribatula), Oribatula (Zygoribatula), Paraphauloppia (Paraphauloppia).

The Oribatulidae are a diverse group of oribatid mites with reduced pteromorphs. The composition of the family has been subject to some fluidity. Lee (1991) recognised a number of the taxa previously included in the Oribatulidae as a separate family, Crassoribatulidae, on the basis of leg chaetotaxy (specifically the presence in Oribatulidae sensu stricto of seta v2 on femur II), but this division has not been accepted by all subsequent authors. Indeed, Subías (2004) treated some genera treated by Lee as belonging to separate families as synonymous. Also of uncertain position are the Liebstadiinae which possess small but immovable pteromorphs.

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Length 250-900 µm. Prodorsum curving over gnathosoma, covering chelicerae dorsally; rostrum rounded. Bothridium inserted anterior to notogastral margin. Prolamella, sublamella, tutorium and pleural carinae absent. Chelicerae with two setae. Distal eupathidia on palptarsus not in same plane. Pteromorphs or humeral projections absent. Posterior notogastral tectum absent. Sternal furrow absent. Adanal setation three pairs. Marginoventral porose areas present. Tarsus I without dorsal porose area.

    |--Capilloppiinae [Capilloppiidae]L92
    |    |--Lunoribatula Mahunka 1982L92, S04
    |    |    `--*L. polygonata Mahunka 1982S04
    |    `--Capilloppia Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
    |         |--*C. capillata Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
    |         |--C. hessei (Jacot 1940) [=Oribatula hessei]S04
    |         `--C. smithersi (Jacot 1940) [=Oribatula smithersi]S04
    `--Oribatulinae [Fovoribatulinae]L91
         |--Spinoppia Higgins & Woolley 1966L92
         |    `--*S. magniserrata Higgins & Woolley 1966S04
         |--Oribatula Berlese 1896S04
         |    |  i. s.: O. minutaW87
         |    |--O. (Oribatula)S04
         |    `--O. (Zygoribatula)S04
         |--Paraphauloppia Hammer 1967L91, S04
         |    |--P. (Paraphauloppia)S04
         |    `--P. (Monophauloppia Balogh 1988)S04
         |         `--P. (*M.) planissima Balogh 1988S04
         |--Jornadia Wallwork & Weems 1984L92, S04 [incl. Woolleybates Balogh & Balogh 1984S04]
         |    |--*J. larreae Wallwork & Weems 1984S04
         |    |--J. dactyloscopica (Balogh & Mahunka 1968)S04 [=Oribatula dactyloscopicaS04, *Woolleybates dactyloscopiaBB92a]
         |    `--J. longipilis Pérez-Íñigo & Baggio 1991S04
         `--Lucoppia Berlese 1908S04 [incl. Romanobates Feider, Vasiliu & Calugar 1970S04, LB91]
              |--L. burrowsi (Michael 1890)S04 (see below for synonymy)
              |--L. nicora Djaparidze 1986S04
              |--L. orientalis Djaparidze 1985S04
              |--L. ornata Berlese 1916S04
              `--L. reticulata (Feider, Vasiliu & Calugar 1970)S04 [=*Romanobates reticulatusBB92a]
Oribatulidae incertae sedis:
  Grandjeania Balogh 1963 [=Grandjeanella Balogh 1961 non Southcott 1961]S04
    `--*G. bicaudata (Balogh 1961)S04 [=*Grandjeanella bicaudataB61]
  Phauloppiella Subías 1977S04
    |--*P. striata Subías 1977S04
    `--P. glabra Mahunka 1987S04
  Neolucoppia Tseng 1984S04
    `--*N. luculenta Tseng 1984S04
  Megatrichobates Grobler 2000S04
    |--*M. striatus Grobler 2000S04
    `--M. longisetosus Grobler 2000S04
  Ovobates Mahunka 1994S04
    `--*O. subnitidus (Berlese 1913) [=Micreremus subnitidus]S04
  Diphauloppia Balogh & Balogh 1984S04
    `--*D. luminosa (Hammer 1973) [=Subphauloppia luminosa]S04
  Subphauloppia Hammer 1967S04
    |--*S. dentonyx Hammer 1967S04
    |--S. endroedyi Mahunka 1985S04
    |--S. glabra Hammer 1973S04 [=S. glaberH73]
    `--S. lamellata Mahunka 1985S04
  Paraleius Travé 1960NB-P09, S04
    |--*P. (Paraleius) leontonycha (Berlese 1910) [=Oribella leontonycha]S04
    |--P. (Metaleius Travé 1960)S04
    |    `--P. (*M.) strenzkei (Travé 1960) (see below for synonymy)S04
    `--P. (Wallworkiella Hammer 1979)S04
         `--P. (*W.) nasalis (Hammer 1979) [=*Wallworkiella nasalis]S04

Lucoppia burrowsi (Michael 1890)S04 [=Notaspis burrowsiS04; incl. Zygoribatula apletosa Higgins & Woolley 1975S04, Zetes lucorum Berlese 1892 non Koch 1841S04, *Lucoppia lucorumS04, Oppia lucorumG48, Romanobates maiensis Choi 1995S04, Notaspis pectinata Hall 1912 non Michael 1885S04, Eremaeus sanremensis Oudemans 1900S04, Zygoribatula spinosissima Mihelčič 1956S04, Lucoppia spinosissimaBB92b]

Paraleius (*Metaleius) strenzkei (Travé 1960) [=*Metaleius strenzkei; incl. Oribatula (Hemileius) sternalis Berlese 1916 (n. d.)]S04

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B61] Balogh, J. 1961. Identification keys of world oribatid (Acari) families and genera. Acta Zoologica Hungarica 1: 243–344.

[BB92a] Balogh, J., & P. Balogh. 1992a. The Oribatid Mites Genera of the World vol. 1. Hungarian Natural History Museum: Budapest.

[BB92b] Balogh, J., & P. Balogh. 1992b. The Oribatid Mites Genera of the World vol. 2. Plates. Hungarian Natural History Museum: Budapest.

[G48] Grandjean, F. 1948. Au sujet des aires poreuses respiratoires portées par les pattes chez les oribates (acariens). Bulletin Biologique de la France et de la Belgique 82 (1): 24–30.

[H73] Hammer, M. 1973. Oribatids from Tongatapu and Eua, the Tonga Islands, and from Upolu, Western Samoa. Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab Biologiske Skrifter 20 (3): 1–70, 29 pls.

[L91] Lee, D. C. 1991. A modified classification of the Oripodoidea (Acarida: Cryptostigmata) based on a preliminary phylogenetic model. In: Dusbábek, F., & V. Bukva (eds) Modern Acarology: Proceedings of the VIII International Congress of Acarology, held in České Budĕjovice, Czechoslovakia, 6–11 August 1990 vol. 2 pp. 233–238. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

[L92] Lee, D. C. 1992. New species of Oribatulidae (Acarida: Cryptostigmata: Planofissurae) from South Australian soils, with a review of subfamilies and Australian records. Records of the South Australian Museum 26 (1): 37–49.

[LB91] Lee, D. C., & C. M. Birchby. 1991. Ceroribatula gen. nov., Fovoribatula gen. nov. and Fovoribatulinae sf. nov. (Acarida: Cryptostigmata: Oribatulidae) from South Australian soils. Records of the South Australian Museum 24 (2): 71–89.

[NB-P09] Norton, R. A., & V. M. Behan-Pelletier. 2009. Suborder Oribatida. In: Krantz, G. W., & D. E. Walter (eds) A Manual of Acarology 3rd ed. pp. 430–564. Texas Tech University Press.

[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.

[W87] Walter, D. E. 1987. Trophic behavior of “mycophagous” microarthropods. Ecology 68 (1): 226–229.

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