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

Belongs within: Circumdehiscentiae.
Contains: Hemileiidae, Parakalummidae, 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]
    |--+--+--Scheloribatidae L91
    |  |  `--Oripodidae L91
    |  `--+--Haplozetidae L91
    |     `--Nasobates Woolley 1966 S04 [Nasobatidae L91]
    |          |--*N. spinosus Woolley 1966 [incl. N. paraguayensis Mahunka 1985] S04
    |          `--N. mirabilis Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
    `--+--+--+--Mochlozetidae L91
       |  |  `--Drymobates Grandjean 1930 S04 [Drymobatidae L91]
       |  |       `--*D. silvicola Grandjean 1930 S04
       |  `--+--Zetomotrichidae L91
       |     |--Caloppiidae L91
       |     `--Neotrichozetes Travé 1961 S04 [Neotrichozetidae L91]
       |          `--*N. spinulosus (Michael 1908) [=Notaspis spinulosa] S04
       |               |--N. s. spinulosus S04
       |               `--N. s. germaineae Travé 1961 S04
       `--+--Symbioribatidae L91
          |    |--Piffliella Hammer 1979 S04
          |    |    `--*P. eduardi Hammer 1979 S04
          |    `--Symbioribates Aoki 1966 S04
          |         |--*S. papuensis Aoki 1966 S04
          |         `--S. aokii NB-P09
          `--+--Nesozetes Hammer 1971 S04 [Nesozetidae L91, Nesozetinae]
             |    |--*N. rostropterus Hammer 1971 S04
             |    `--N. rostratus Hammer 1971 BB92b
             `--+--Oribatulidae L91
                `--Pseudoppiidae [Pseudoppiinae ] L91
                     |--Ausoribula Lee 1992 S04
                     |    `--*A. quagesetosa Lee 1992 S04
                     |--Senoribula Mahunka 1975 S04
                     |    `--*S. africana Mahunka 1975 S04
                     `--Pseudoppia Pérez-Íñigo 1966 [incl. Symphauloppia Balogh 1972] S04
                          |--*P. mediocris (Michelčič 1957) [=Lucoppia mediocris] S04
                          `--P. interrupta (Jeleva 1962) [=Phauloppia interrupta] S04

Oripodoidea incertae sedis:
  Tubulozetes Balogh 1989 [Tubulozetidae] S04
    `--*T. rostratus Balogh 1989 S04
  Hemileiidae S04
  Crassoribatulidae NB-P09
    |--Crassoribatula Hammer 1967 S04 [Crassoribatulinae]
    |    `--*C. maculosa Hammer 1967 S04
    `--Reticuloppia Balogh & Mahunka 1966 NB-P09, LB91 [incl. Decoribatula Lee & Birchby 1989 S04]
         |--*R. reticulata Balogh & Mahunka 1966 S04
         `--R. pustulata (Lee & Birchby 1989) S04 [=*Decoribatula pustulata BB92a]
  Campbellobates Wallwork 1964 S04 [Campbellobatidae NB-P09]
    |--*C. acanthus Wallwork 1964 S04
    |    |--C. a. acanthus S04
    |    `--C. a. hawaiiensis Balogh 1985 S04
    |--C. aureus Hammer 1967 S04
    |--C. latohumeralis Hammer 1967 S04
    |--C. occultus Hammer 1967 S04
    `--C. philippinensis Corpuz-Raros 1979 S04
  Stelechobates Grandjean 1965 S04 [Stelechobatidae NB-P09]
    |--*S. megalotrichus Grandjean 1965 S04
    `--S. brazilianus Balogh 1995 S04
  Areozetes Hammer 1961 S04 [Areozetidae NB-P09]
    |--*A. altimontanus Hammer 1961 S04
    `--A. incertus Balogh 1970 S04
  Parakalummidae NB-P09
  Sellnickia Oudemans 1927 S04 [Sellnickiidae NB-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


[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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