Holocelaeno sp., copyright Centre for Biodiversity Genomics.

Belongs within: Eviphidoidea.
Contains: Macrocheles.

The Macrochelidae is a group of mites that are often predatory on nematodes. Many species are found in restricted substrates such as animal dung or nests, and disperse between habitat sites by phoresis on flying insects. Species of Macrocheles and Neopodocinum have been shown to exhibit varying degrees of specificity to their preferred insect hosts. Conversely, some genera such as Dissoloncha and Geholaspis, as well as some basal species groups of Macrocheles, are nonphoretic and found in more permanent subsoil habitats (Lindquist et al. 2009). Members of the genus Holostaspella possess a prow-like projection of the holodorsal shield bearing vertical setae, and sclerotised ridges or spurs on the femora of legs II of the female. Geholaspis have a unipartite gnathotectum and five pairs of setae on the ventro-anal shield in females (Evans & Till 1979).

Characters (from Lindquist et al. 2009): Peritremes generally looped proximally, joining the stigmata posteriorly. Genu I usually with two ventral setae; tarsus I usually without claws; paired paradactyli of pretarsi II-IV usually broad and extending to apex of claws, divided or deeply serrated distally. Male chelicera with spermatodactyl. Female with pair of conspicuous accessory sclerites beneath lateral margins of epigynal shield.

<==Macrochelidae [Macrochelinae]
    |--Geholaspis Berlese 1918 K60, ET79 [incl. Cyrtocheles Valle 1953 ET79]
    |    |--G. (Geholaspis) S61
    |    |    |--*G. (G.) longispinus (Kramer 1876) ET79 (see below for synonymy)
    |    |    `--G. (G.) longulus [=Macrocheles (G.) longulus] S22
    |    `--G. (Longicheles Valle 1953) LKW09, ET79
    |         `--G. (L.) mandibularis (Berlese 1904) LKW09, K91 (see below for synonymy)
    `--+--Euholocelaeno K60
       |--Holostaspella Berlese 1903 K60, FH93 (see below for synonymy)
       |    |--*H. sculpta (Berlese 1903) [=Holostaspis (*Holostaspella) sculpta] ET79
       |    |--H. ainscoughi Krantz 1967 FH93
       |    |--H. ancylothrix Krantz 1967 FH93
       |    |--H. aplodontiae Krantz 1967 FH93
       |    |--H. ateucha Halliday 1988 H98
       |    |--H. bifoliata (Trägårdh 1952) [=Areolaspis bifoliatus] FH93
       |    |--H. bisignata Berlese 1918 [=H. (Prholaspina) bisignata] V25
       |    |--H. caelata Berlese 1910 V25
       |    |--H. crenulata Krantz 1967 H98
       |    |--H. exornata Filipponi & Pegazzano 1967 H98
       |    |--H. foai Berlese 1910 V25
       |    |--H. micrarrhena Berlese 1916 [=H. (Prholaspina) micrarrhena] V25
       |    |--H. moderata Berlese 1920 [incl. H. egregia Vitzthum 1925] H98
       |    |--H. ornata ET79
       |    |--H. polytrema Krantz 1967 FH93
       |    |--H. punctata LKW09
       |    `--H. spinosissima Berlese 1916 V25
       `--+--Macrocheles K60
          `--+--Trigonholaspis K60
             |--Neopodocinum K60
             |    |--N. coprophilum Vitzthum 1924 V25
             |    `--N. maius Berlese 1911 V25
             `--Holocelaeno Berlese 1910 K60, FH93 (see below for synonymy)
                  |--H. amygdaligera Berlese 1918 [=Holocaelano amygdaligera] FH93
                  |--H. axtelli Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. berlesei Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. brachychaeta Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. bursiformis Berlese 1910 FH93
                  |--H. condyla Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. coprophila (Turk 1948) FH93 [=*Neoholaspis coprophilus FP60]
                  |--H. cosmothorax Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. floridana (Evans & Hyatt 1963) [=Macrocheles floridanus] FH93
                  |--H. fuscata Berlese 1916 [=Holocaeleno mitis var. fuscata] FH93
                  |--H. grandis (Evans & Hyatt 1963) [=Macrocheles grandis] FH93
                  |--H. longicoma (Berlese 1910) [=Macrocheles longicoma] FH93
                  |--H. melisi LKW09
                  |--H. mitis (Berlese 1910) [=Macrocheles mitis] FH93
                  |--H. ritcheri Krantz 1967 FH93
                  |--H. rotunda (Berlese 1910) [=Macrocheles rotunda] FH93
                  |--H. scapularis (Evans & Hyatt 1963) [=Macrocheles scapularis] FH93
                  `--H. turki (Evans & Hyatt 1963) [=Macrocheles turki] FH93

Macrochelidae incertae sedis:
  Lordocheles rykei LKW09
  Aethosoma Krantz 1962 FH93
    `--A. burchellestes Krantz 1962 FH93
  Ancistrocheles Krantz 1962 FH93
    `--A. bregetovae Krantz 1962 FH93
  Dissoloncha Falconer 1923 FH93
    `--*D. superba (Hull 1918) FP60 [=Macrocheles superbus FH93]
  Gonatothrix Krantz 1988 FH93
    `--G. carinata Krantz 1988 FH93
  Glyptholaspis Filipponi & Pegazzano 1960 FH93
    |--*G. fimicola (Sellnick 1931) FP60 (see below for synonymy)
    |--G. americana (Berlese 1888) FH93 (see below for synonymy)
    |--G. asperrima (Berlese 1905) [=Holostaspis asperrimus, Macrocheles asperrimus] FP60
    |--G. confusa (Foà 1900) FH93 (see below for synonymy)
    `--G. pontina Filipponi & Pegazzano 1960 FP60

*Geholaspis (Geholaspis) longispinus (Kramer 1876) ET79 [=Gamasus longispinus ET79, Holostaspis longispinosus S22, Macrocheles (*Geholaspis) longispinosus FP60]

Geholaspis (Longicheles) mandibularis (Berlese 1904) LKW09, K91 [=Holostaspis mandibularis E57, Macrocheles (Geholaspis) mandibularis S22]

Glyptholaspis americana (Berlese 1888) FH93 [=Holostaspis marginatus var. americanus FH93, Macrocheles americanus FP60; incl. H. vagabundus var. insulanus Trägardh 1931 FP60, Nothrholaspis montivagus Womersley 1942 FH93, M. montivagus S22, M. vagabundus var. neotropicus Berlese 1918 FH93, M. plumipes Hull 1918 FP60, Holostaspella spectabilis Berlese 1916 FH93, M. tardior Hull 1925 FH93, Holostaspis vagabundus Berlese 1889 FH93, M. vagabundus FP60]

Glyptholaspis confusa (Foà 1900) FH93 [=Holostaspis confusus FP60, Macrocheles americanus var. confusus FP60; incl. M. vagabundus var. australis Berlese 1918 FP60, M. plumiventris Hull 1925 FH93]

*Glyptholaspis fimicola (Sellnick 1931) FP60 [=Nothrholaspis fimicola FH93; incl. Gamasus carinatus CF77, Macrocheles gladiator Hull 1918 FP60, Ga. tardus Berlese 1882 non Koch 1841 FP60, Glyptholaspis tardus ET70]

Holocelaeno Berlese 1910 K60, FH93 [incl. Euholocelaeno Berlese 1918 FH93, Neoholaspis Turk 1948 FH93, Trichocelaeno Berlese 1918 FH93]

Holostaspella Berlese 1903 K60, FH93 [incl. Aethiolaspis Van Driel & Loots 1975 FH93, Areolaspis Trägårdh 1952 FH93, Prholaspina Berlese 1918 FH93; Areolaspinae]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[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.

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[K60] Krantz, G. W. 1960. A re-evaluation of the Parholaspinae Evans 1956 (Acarina: Mesostigmata: Macrochelidae). Acarologia 2 (4): 393–433.

[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.

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