Dorsal (left) and ventral views of Unduloribates hebes, from Norton & Behan-Pelletier (2009).Belongs within: Brachypylina. Contains: Oribatellidae, Anachipteria, Achipteria, Campachipteria, Tegoribatidae, Heterobelbidae, Tectocepheidae, Microtegeidae, Oripodoidea, Licneremaeoidea, Scapheremaeus, Eremaeozetoidea, Ameronothroidea, Galumnoidea, Ceratozetoidea, Phenopelopidae. The Poronoticae are a group of oribatid mites possessing an octotaxic system, a series of glandular openings (most typically four pairs) on the… Continue reading Poronoticae


Nothrus silvestris, copyright R. Penttinen. Belongs within: Desmonomata. The Nothridae are a cosmopolitan group of oribatid mites found feeding on decaying plant matter and fungi. Members of the largest genus in the family, Nothrus, are parthenogenetic but the smaller genera Trichonothrus and Novonothrus reproduce sexually (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009). The greater number of species of… Continue reading Nothridae


Austrachipteria sp., photographed by S. E. Thorpe.Belongs within: Hydrozetoidea. Austrachipteria is a genus of oribatid mites that is most diverse in Australasia though a single species A. pulla is known from Japan (Subías 2004). Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Lamellae synlamellate; pteromorphae immovable; octotaxic system sacculonotic, four pairs of sacculi; ten pairs of notograstral… Continue reading Austrachipteria

Neostrinatina mixoppia

Dorsum of Neostrinatina mixoppia, from Mahunka (1978). Time for another oribatid. This is Neostrinatina mixoppia, a species described as the only member of its genus by S. Mahunka in 1978. It was described on the basis of two specimens from near Coban in the highlands of Guatemala. Neostrinatina belongs to the family Oppiidae, a group… Continue reading Neostrinatina mixoppia