Otocepheus (Acrotocepheus)

Dorsal (left) and ventral views of Otocepheus excelsus, from Norton & Behan-Pelletier (2009).

Belongs within: Otocepheinae.

The subgenus Acrotocepheus of the genus Otocepheus is a primarily southeast and southern Asian group of otocepheid oribatid mites characterised by the presence of median condyles on the prodorsum.

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Median prodorsal condyles present. Notogaster with ten pairs of setae; lateral notogastral condyles narrowly spaced. Epimeral seta formula 3-1-3-3; apodemata I absent; pedotecta 2+3 conspicuously developed, axe-shaped in ventral view and tailfin-shaped in dorsal view, anterior and posterior expansions nearly equal in size. Four pairs of genital setae; one pair of aggenital setae. two pairs of anal setae; three pairs of adanal setae; fissura iad adanal.

Otocepheus (Acrotocepheus Aoki 1965)NB-P09, S04
|--O. (*A.) quateorum Aoki 1965S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) besucheti Mahunka 1973S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) bucephalus Balogh 1970S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) burckhardti Mahunka 1987S04
|--O. (A.) caudatus Hammer 1981S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) consimilis Balogh 1970S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) curvisetiger Aoki 1984S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) diehli Mahunka 1989S04
|--O. (A.) duplicornutus Aoki 1965S04
| |--O. d. duplicornutusS04
| `--‘Acrotocepheus’ d. discrepans Balogh & Mahunka 1967S04
|--O. (A.) excelsus Aoki 1965NB-P09, S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) gracilis Aoki 1973S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) grandis Mahunka 1973S04
|--O. (A.) heterotrichus Balogh & Mahunka 1968S04
|--O. (A.) holtmanni Aoki 1965S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) horakae Mahunka 1987S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) lienhardi Mahunka 1989S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) loebli Mahunka 1973S04
|--O. (A.) macrodentatus Hammer 1981S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) pangasuganensis Corpuz-Raros 1990S04
|--O. (A.) philippinensis Aoki 1965S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) surigaoensis Corpuz-Raros 1979S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) triplicicornutus Balogh & Mahunka 1967S04
|--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) tupasae Corpuz-Raros 1990S04
`--‘Acrotocepheus’ (A.) wallacei Mahunka 1989S04

*Type species of generic name indicated


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

[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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