Neotrichozetes spinulosus spinulosus, photographed by S. E. Thorpe.

Belongs within: Poronoticae.
Contains: ParakalummidaeHemileiidae, Scheloribatidae, Oripodidae, Haplozetidae, Mochlozetidae, Zetomotrichidae, Caloppiidae, Oribatulidae.

The Oripodoidea are a diverse group of mostly mycophagous oribatid mites. Where known, immatures of this superfamily usually possess excentrosclerites in association with the setae, leading to this group sometimes being referred to as the Excentrosclerosae (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). In adults, the octotaxic system on the notogaster may be presented as either areae porosae or sacculi; Drymobates silvicola is distinctive in possessing both, with anterior sacculi and posterior areae porosae (Balogh & Balogh 1992a). In members of Mochlozetidae and Haplozetidae, the octotaxic system may be multiplied, with up to fifty pairs of areae porosae in some Mochlozetidae (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009).

The habitat preferences of oripodoids are varied. Symbioribates papuensis is known from the elytra of weevils found in cryptogamic plants (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009).

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Prodorsum with lamellae well deveoped, reduced to a narrow carina, or absent; tutorum and translamella present or absent. Bothridium often covered by anterior margin of notogaster. Genal notch absent. Prodorsum and notogaster separate or fused. Dorsophragmata and pleurophragmata present. Chelicerae chelate-dentate or pelopsiform; palpal eupathidium acm attached to solenidion; subcapitular mentum without tectum. Axillary saccule of subcapitulum absent. Discidium and custodium present or absent; postanal porose area absent. Pedotectum I small, usually not covering acetabulum I, pedotectum II small or absent. Circumpedal carina present. Notogaster with or without lenticulus, without tectum posteriorly; pteromorphs present or absent, if present, with or without hinge. Notogastral setation 9-15 pairs. Octotaxic system diverse, often with more or fewer than four pairs, rarely absent. Genital setation 1-6 pairs. Genital plates well removed from anal plates and virtually bisecting epimere IV. Usually with porose organs on tibiae and tarsi. Genu IV shorter than tibia IV; tibia IV with solenidion. Immatures apheredermous; unideficient; some or all opisthonotal setae usually with excentrosclerites; humeral organ absent; seta d absent from tibiae and genua when respective solenidion is present.

<==Oripodoidea [Excentrosclerosae, Oribatuloidea]
    |  |  `--OripodidaeL91
    |  `--+--HaplozetidaeL91
    |     `--Nasobates Woolley 1966S04 [NasobatidaeL91]
    |          |--*N. spinosus Woolley 1966 [incl. N. paraguayensis Mahunka 1985]S04
    |          `--N. mirabilis Balogh & Mahunka 1969S04
       |  |  `--Drymobates Grandjean 1930S04 [DrymobatidaeL91]
       |  |       `--*D. silvicola Grandjean 1930S04
       |  `--+--ZetomotrichidaeL91
       |     |--CaloppiidaeL91
       |     `--Neotrichozetes Travé 1961S04 [NeotrichozetidaeL91]
       |          `--*N. spinulosus (Michael 1908) [=Notaspis spinulosa]S04
       |               |--N. s. spinulosusS04
       |               `--N. s. germaineae Travé 1961S04 [=Notaspis spinulosa var. germaineaeB65]
          |    |--Piffliella Hammer 1979S04
          |    |    `--*P. eduardi Hammer 1979S04
          |    `--Symbioribates Aoki 1966S04
          |         |--*S. papuensis Aoki 1966S04
          |         `--S. aokiiNB-P09
          `--+--Nesozetes Hammer 1971S04 [NesozetidaeL91, Nesozetinae]
             |    |--*N. rostropterus Hammer 1971S04
             |    `--N. rostratus Hammer 1971BB92b
                `--Pseudoppiidae [Pseudoppiinae]L91
                     |--Ausoribula Lee 1992S04
                     |    `--*A. quagesetosa Lee 1992S04
                     |--Senoribula Mahunka 1975S04
                     |    `--*S. africana Mahunka 1975S04
                     `--Pseudoppia Pérez-Íñigo 1966 [incl. Symphauloppia Balogh 1972]S04
                          |--*P. mediocris (Michelčič 1957) [=Lucoppia mediocris]S04
                          `--P. interrupta (Jeleva 1962)S04 [=Phauloppia interruptaS04, *Symphauloppia interruptaA84]
Oripodoidea incertae sedis:
  Tubulozetes Balogh 1989 [Tubulozetidae]S04
    `--*T. rostratus Balogh 1989S04
    |--Crassoribatula Hammer 1967 [Crassoribatulinae]S04
    |    `--*C. maculosa Hammer 1967S04
    `--Reticuloppia Balogh & Mahunka 1966NB-P09, LB91 [incl. Decoribatula Lee & Birchby 1989S04]
         |--*R. reticulata Balogh & Mahunka 1966S04
         `--R. pustulata (Lee & Birchby 1989)S04 [=*Decoribatula pustulataBB92a]
  Campbellobates Wallwork 1964S04 [CampbellobatidaeNB-P09, Campbellobatinae]
    |--*C. acanthus Wallwork 1964S04
    |    |--C. a. acanthusS04
    |    `--C. a. hawaiiensis Balogh 1985S04
    |--C. aureus Hammer 1967S04
    |--C. latohumeralis Hammer 1967S04
    |--C. occultus Hammer 1967S04
    `--C. philippinensis Corpuz-Raros 1979S04
  Stelechobates Grandjean 1965S04 [StelechobatidaeNB-P09, Stelechobatinae]
    |--*S. megalotrichus Grandjean 1965S04
    `--S. brazilianus Balogh 1995S04
  Areozetes Hammer 1961S04 [AreozetidaeNB-P09]
    |--*A. altimontanus Hammer 1961S04
    `--A. incertus Balogh 1970S04
  Sellnickia Oudemans 1927S04 [SellnickiidaeNB-P09, Sellnickiinae]
    `--S. caudata (Michael 1898) (see below for synonymy)S04

Sellnickia caudata (Michael 1898) [=Notaspis caudata; incl. Oribatula caudata Berlese 1910 non Notaspis caudata Michael 1898, *Sellnickia heveae Oudemans 1927]S04

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A84] Aoki, J. 1984. New and unrecorded oribatid mites from Amami-Ohshima Island, southwest Japan. Zoological Science 1 (1): 132–147.

[B65] Balogh, J. 1965. A synopsis of the world oribatid (Acari) genera. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 11 (1–2): 5–99.

[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.

[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.

[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.

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