Trachyuropoda sp., copyright Centre for Biodiversity Genomics.

Belongs within: Uropodoidea.

Trachyuropoda is a genus of strongly sculptured uropodoid mites. Species are mostly myrmecophilous though the species T. termitophila is found in association with termites. Phoretic deutonymphs do not attach themselves to their host by means of an anal pedicel but instead grasp the host with strong claws (Lindquist et al. 2009).

Characters (from Evans & Till 1979): Strongly sculptured species without perigenital field; levator tendon of movable digit of chelicera with a sclerotised node; dorsal shield not divided; forked pilus dentilis present; idiosoma not constricted posterior to coxae IV; opisthogaster lacking sub-circular setae-bearing depressions; pedofossae present in both sexes; femur I with eight setae; genu I with pair of ventral setae; genua III and IV each with at least one ventral seta.

<==Trachyuropoda Berlese 1888H98 [incl. Michaeliella Berlese 1904FH93, Paulitzia Oudemans 1915FH93, Urotrachytes Berlese 1904ET79]
    |--*T. festiva Berlese 1888ET79
    |--T. ablesi Hirschmann 1976FH93
    |--T. auricularis (Hull 1923) [=Janetiella auricularis]H98
    |--T. baloghisimilis Hirschmann 1976VKC07
    |--T. borinqueni Fox 1957FH93
    |--T. bostockiET79
    |--T. constricta Banks 1916 (n. d.)H98
    |--T. dominula Berlese 1910 [=T. (Janetiella) dominula]FH93
    |--T. formicaria (Lubbock 1881)AKK96, E57 [=Uropoda formicariaeE57, *Urotrachytes formicariaeE57]
    |--T. gracilisVKC07
    |--T. laminosa (Can. & Berl. 1884)S22, S61 [=T. (Urojanetia) laminosaS22]
    |--T. leai Banks 1916 (n. d.)H98
    |--T. lindquisti Hirschmann 1976FH93
    |--T. longa Ewing 1917FH93
    |--T. mahunkaiVKC07
    |--T. mesofoveaVKC07
    |--T. mexicana Hirschmann 1976FH93
    |--T. michaeli Ewing 1910 [=Glyphopsis michaeli]FH93
    |--T. quadriauricularia Hirshmann 1976VKC07
    |--T. schusteriVKC07
    |--T. similiathiasaeVKC07
    |--T. termitophilaLKW09
    `--T. trinidadis Hirschmann 1976 [incl. T. margaretaensis Hirschmann 1979]FH93

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[E57] Evans, G. O. 1957. An introduction to the British Mesostigmata (Acarina) with keys to families and genera. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 43: 203–259.

[ET79] Evans, G. O., & W. M. Till. 1979. Mesostigmatic mites of Britain and Ireland (Chelicerata: Acari-Parasitiformes). An introduction to their external morphology and classification. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 35: 139–270.

[FH93] Farrier, M. H., & M. K. Hennessey. 1993. Soil-inhabiting and free-living Mesostigmata (Acari-Parasitiformes) from North America: an annotated checklist with bibliography and index. North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University, Technical Bulletin 302: i–xvi, 1–408.

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

[LKW09] Lindquist, E. E., G. W. Krantz & D. E. Walter. 2009. Order Mesostigmata. In: Krantz, G. W., & D. E. Walter (eds) A Manual of Acarology 3rd ed. pp. 124–232. Texas Tech University Press.

[S22] Schweizer, J. 1922. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der terrestrischen Milbenfauna der Schweiz. Verhandl. Naturf. Ges. Basel 33: 23–112, 4 pls.

[S61] Schweizer, J. 1961. Die Landmilben der Schweiz (Mittelland, Jura und Alpen): Parasitiformes Reuter, mit 246 Arten und Varietäten und 268 meist kombinierten Originalzeichnungen. Denkschriften der Schweizerischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft [Mémoires de la Société Helvétique des Sciences Naturelles] 84: i–vii, 1–207.

[VKC07] Vázquez, M. M., H. Klompen & C. I. Chargoy. 2007. Study of the Uropodina (Acari: Mesostigmata) in tropical forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and Belize. In: Morales-Malacara, J. B., V. M. Behan-Pelletier, E. Ueckermann, T. M. Pérez, E. G. Estrada-Venegas & M. Badii (eds) Acarology XI: Proceedings of the International Congress pp. 43–50. Instituto de Biología and Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología: México.

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