Oppia nitens, from here.

Belongs within: Oppiidae.

Oppia is a genus of oppioid oribatid mites found in most parts of the world except Australia (Subías 2004).

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Prodorsum with costulae, lamellar and translamellar lines absent; interlamellar setae present; sensillus elongately fusiform or lanceolate. Notogaster without protruding humeral processes; crista absent. Genital plate with five pairs of setae.

<==Oppia Koch 1836 [incl. Dameosoma Berlese 1892] S04
    |--*O. nitens Koch 1836 S04
    |    |--O. n. nitens (see below for synonymy) S04
    |    `--O. n. brachytrichinus Dalenius 1958 S04
    |--O. alces (Jacot 1934) SN98
    |--O. bicarinata S75
    |--O. capense (Paoli 1908) [=Dameosoma capense] S04
    |--O. cephalota (Hall 1911) (n. d.) [=Damaeus cephalotus] S04
    |--O. coloradensis Woolley 1969 S04
    |--O. concolor Koch 1839 (n. d.) S04
    |--O. denticulata (Canestrini & Canestrini 1882) S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--O. elegans (Trägardh 1931) (n. d.) [=Dameosoma elegans] S04
    |--O. elongata Jacot 1938 (n. d.) [incl. O. parviaures Jacot 1939] S04
    |--O. ewingi (Berlese 1916) [=Dameosoma denticulatum ewingi] S04
    |--O. flagellifera Wang 1993 S04
    |--O. huangshanensis Wen & Chen 1991 S04
    |--O. hungarica Karpelles 1893 (n. d.) S04
    |--O. incisirostra Woas 1986 S04
    |--O. leleupi Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
    |--O. neerlandica NB-P09 [=Dameosoma neerlandicum CH98]
    |--O. neonominata Subías 2004 [=Oppia concolor tridentata Pérez-Íñigo 1976 non O. tridentata Forsslund 1942] S04
    |--O. orientalis Sanyal & Bhaduri 1989 S04
    |--O. ornata (Oudemans 1900) S62
    |--O. quadricarinata (Michael 1885) S62 [=Dameosoma quadricarinatum S22]
    |--O. quadrisetosa (Kramer 1898) (n. d.) [=Notaspis quadrisetosa] S04
    |--O. samadi Kardar 1976 S04
    |--O. seminuda Scull, Jeleva & Cruz 1984 S04
    |--O. speciosa Golosova 1981 S04
    |--‘Dameosoma’ splendens S22
    |--O. subpectinata W91
    `--O. vitrea (Tseng 1982) [=Brachioppia vitrea] S04

Oppia denticulata (Canestrini & Canestrini 1882) S04 [=Belba denticulata S04, *Dameosoma denticulatum CH98; incl. O. cyclosoma Mihelčič 1955 S04, O. grandis Mihelčič 1955 S04, O. willmanni Oudemans 1937 S04]

*Oppia nitens nitens Koch 1836 [incl. Belba minuta Banks 1895, Dameosoma myrmecophila Sellnick 1928, Oribata perolata Banks 1909] S04

*Type species of generic name indicated


Balogh, J., & P. Balogh. 1992. The Oribatid Mites Genera of the World vol. 1. Hungarian Natural History Museum: Budapest.

[CH98] Colloff, M. J., & R. B. Halliday. 1998. Oribatid Mites: A catalogue of Australian genera and species. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.

[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.

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

[S75] Seniczak, S. 1975. Morphology of juvenile stages of some Oppiidae (Acarina, Oribatei). I. Pedobiologia 15 (4): 249–261.

[S62] Seyd, E. L. 1962. The moss mites of Kinder Scout, Derbyshire (Acari: Oribatei). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 44 (300): 585–591.

[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.

[SN98] Swift, S. F., & R. A. Norton. 1998. Preliminary report on oribatid mite (Acari: Oribatida) diversity in the Hawaiian Islands. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 57: 1–44.

[W91] Weigmann, G. 1991. Oribatid communities in transects from bogs to forests in Berlin indicating the biotopes qualities. 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. 1 pp. 359–364. SPB Academic Publishing: The Hague.

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