Eremulus sp., copyright Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

Belongs within: Brachypylina.

The Eremulidae are a group of oribatid mites most diverse in tropical regions though some species of Eremulus are also found in temperate habitats. Most genera have three pairs of aggenital setae but five are present in the Argentinian Pseuderemulus gladiator and seven in the palaeotropical Caveremulus.

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Length 275–500 µm. Gnathosoma normal; chelicerae with dentate chelae, two setae; rutella normally developed. Prodorsum shorter in length than notogaster; true lamellae absent, costulae present. Notogaster with scalps absent; octotaxic system absent; dorsophragamata and pleurophragmata absent. paired opisthonotal glands opening direct on notogaster. Pedotectum I present; propodolateral apophysis absent. Ventral plate setae branched; three pairs of adanal setae. Femora I–IV and trochanters III–IV with porose areas; tibiae and tarsi without retrotecta.

    |--Austroeremulus Mahunka 1985 S04
    |    `--*A. glabrus Mahunka 1985 S04
    |--Pseuderemulus Balogh & Mahunka 1968 S04
    |    `--*P. gladiator Balogh & Mahunka 1968 S04
    |--Reteremuloides Mahunka 1989 S04
    |    `--*R. bifurcatus Mahunka 1989 S04
    |--Caveremulus Mahunka 1983 [incl. Berndbella Mahunka 1985] S04
    |    |--*C. cordisetus Mahunka 1983 S04
    |    `--C. serratus (Mahunka 1985) [=Berndbella serrata] S04
    |--Fenestrella Mahunka 1987 S04
    |    |--*F. bifurcata Mahunka 1987 S04
    |    `--F. sinica Zhao & Wen 1994 S04
    |--Reteremulus Balogh & Mahunka 1966 S04
    |    `--*R. aciculatus Balogh & Mahunka 1966 S04
    |         |--R. a. aciculatus S04
    |         `--R. a. papuanus Balogh 1968 S04
    `--Eremulus Berlese 1908 S04
         |--*E. flagellifer Berlese 1908 [incl. E. modestus Berlese 1908] S04
         |--E. adami Balogh & Mahunka 1966 S04
         |--E. africanus Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
         |--E. antis Poltavskaja 1987 S04
         |--E. australis Wen 1988 S04
         |--E. avenifer Berlese 1913 S04
         |--E. baliensis Hammer 1982 S04
         |--E. berlesei Mahunka 1977 S04
         |--E. brasiliensis Pérez-Íñigo & Baggio 1985 S04
         |--E. cingulatus Jacot 1937 S04
         |--E. clavatoflagellatus Lombardini 1963 (n. d.) S04
         |--E. crispus Hammer 1958 S04
         |--E. curviseta Hammer 1971 S04
         |--E. densus Hammer 1979 S04
         |--E. elegans Gordeeva 1987 S04
         |--E. foveolatus Hammer 1962 S04
         |--E. hastatus Hammer 1961 S04
         |--E. lanceocrinus Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
         |--E. monstrosus Hammer 1972 S04
         |--E. nigrisetosus Hammer 1958 S04
         |--E. pectinatus Jacot 1937 S04
         |--E. pilipinus Corpuz-Raros 1979 S04
         |--E. renukae Sanyal 1992 S04
         |--E. rigidisetus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--E. rimosus Tseng 1982 S04
         |--E. serratus Hammer 1966 S04
         |--E. spinifer Woolley & Higgins 1963 S04
         |--E. tenuis Hammer 1979 S04
         |--E. translamellatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--E. truncatus Hammer 1971 S04
         `--E. wallworki Balogh 1958 H07

*Type species of generic name indicated


[H07] Haq, M. A. 2007. Biodegradation and productivity in tropical ecosystem by oribatid mites. 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. 137–150. Instituto de Biología and Faculdad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología: México.

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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