Sellnickochthonius sp., copyright Zoë Lindo.

Belongs within: Brachychthoniidae.

Sellnickochthonius is a cosmopolitan genus of brachychthoniid mites, characterised by the presence of three pairs of suprapleural plates and adanal setae with the rear two pairs widened and blade-like (Balogh & Balogh 1992). The greater number of species in the genus have been described from the Holarctic region. A number are known from seemingly disjunct distributions such as S. suecicus found in the Holarctic region and Australasia (Subías 2004).

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Notogaster with two transverse sutures and three shields, no setae arising within sutures; shield Na bearing two rows of setae (c and d); fields of shield Na differentiated into anterior and posterior group, often paired in median line; seta d2 in marginal position, aligned with longitudinal row of setae cpe2. Pleural region with three pairs of suprapleural plates (SpC, SpE and SpF). Two pairs of adanal setae (ad2 and ad3) widened, blade-like. Peranal plate present.

<==Sellnickochthonius Krivolutsky 1964S04
    |--*S. zelawaiensis (Sellnick 1928)S04 [=Brachychthonius zelawaiensisS04, Brachychochthonius zelawaiensisW91]
    |--S. americanus (MacQuilty 1986) [=Brachychochthonius americanus]S04
    |--S. anonymus Ruiz, Subías & Kahwash 1991S04
    |--S. aokii (Chinone 1974) [=Brachychthonius aokii]S04
    |--S. borealis (Krivolutsky 1965) [=Brachychthonius borealis]S04
    |--S. comorensis Mahunka 1995S04
    |--S. cricoides (Weis-Fogh 1948) [=Brachychthonius (Brachychochthonius) cricoides]S04
    |--S. danubialis Mahunka 1997S04
    |--S. dolosus Gil-Martín, Subías & Arillo 1992S04
    |--S. elisabethae Mahunka 1974S04
    |--S. elsosneadensis (Hammer 1958)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--S. foliatifer Mahunka 1982S04
    |--S. foliatus (Hammer 1958) [=Brachychochthonius foliatus]S04
    |--S. formosus (Cooreman 1947) [=Eobrachychthonius formosus]S04
    |--S. fuentesi Ruiz, Subías & Kahwash 1991S04
    |--S. furcatus (Weis-Fogh 1948) [=Brachychthonius (Brachychochthonius) furcatus]S04
    |--S. gracilis (Chinone 1974) [=Brachychthonius gracilis]S04
    |--S. griseus (Hammer 1958) [=Brachychochthonius griseus]S04
    |--S. guanophilus (Mahunka 1979) [=Brachychochthonius guanophilus]S04
    |--S. hanyensis Mahunka & Mahunka-Papp 2002S04
    |--S. heterotrichus (Balogh 1963) [=Brachychthonius heterotrichus]S04
    |--S. honestus (Moritz 1976) [=Brachychochthonius honestus]S04
    |--S. hungaricus (Balogh 1943) [=Poecilochthonius hungaricus]S04
    |--S. jacoti (Evans 1952) [=Brachychthonius jacoti]S04
    |--S. japonicus (Chinone 1974) [=Brachychthonius japonicus]S04
    |--S. lydiae (Jacot 1938)S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--S. maroccanus (Mahunka 1980) [=Brachychochthonius maroccanus]S04
    |--S. meridionalis (Bernini 1973) [=Brachychochthonius meridionalis]S04
    |--S. miyauchii (Chinone 1978) [=Brachychochthonius miyauchii]S04
    |--S. monticola (Hammer 1961) [=Brachychthonius monticola]S04
    |--S. muara Mahunka 1995S04
    |--S. niliacus (Al-Assiuty, Bayoumi & Abdel-Hamid 1984) [=Brachychochthonius niliacus]S04
    |--S. novazealandicus (Hammer 1966)S04 [=Brachychthonius novazealandicusS04, Brachychochthonius novazealandicusL85]
    |--S. oesziae (Balogh & Mahunka 1979) [=Brachychthonius oesziae]S04
    |--S. paraplanus (Niedbała 1982) [=Brachychochthonius paraplanus]S04
    |--S. phyllophorus (Moritz 1976) [=Brachychochthonius phyllophorus]S04
    |--S. planus (Chinone 1974) [=Brachychthonius planus]S04
    |--S. plumosus Subías & Gil-Martín 1991S04
    |--S. rostratus (Jacot 1936) [=Brachychthonius rostratus]S04
    |--S. rotundatus (Hammer 1958) [=Brachychochthonius rotundatus]S04
    |--S. similis (Hammer 1961)S04 [=Brachychthonius similisS04, Brachychochthonius similisBB86]
    |--S. suecicus (Forsslund 1942) [=Brachychochthonius jugatus suecicus]S04
    |--S. tropicus (Hammer 1958) [=Brachychthonius tropicus]S04
    `--S. variabilis (Mahunka 1982) [=Brachychochthonius variabilis]S04

Sellnickochthonius elsosneadensis (Hammer 1958)S04 [=Brachychochthonius elsosneadensisS04, Brachychthonius elsosneadensisH98, Brachychthonius elsosneudensis (l. c.)H98]

Sellnickochthonius lydiae (Jacot 1938)S04 [=Brachychochthonius lydiaeS04, Brachychthonius lydiaeRM71; incl. Brachychthonius hammerae Chinone & Aoki 1972S04]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BB86] Balogh, J., & P. Balogh. 1986. New oribatids (Acari) fron New Guinea. III. Acta Zoologica Hungarica 32 (1–2): 35–60.

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

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

[L85] Luxton, M. 1985. Cryptostigmata (Arachnida: Acari)—a concise review. Fauna of New Zealand 7: 1–106.

[RM71] Reeves, R. M., & V. G. Marshall. 1971. Redescription and chaetotaxy of Brachychthonius lydiae adults and nymphs (Acarina: Oribatei). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 64 (2): 317–325.

[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.

[W91] Weigmann, G. 1991. Oribatid communities in transects from bogs to forests in Berlin indicating the biotopes qualities. 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. 1 pp. 359–364. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

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