Diapterobates notatus, from the UNIS University Centre in Svalbard.

Belongs within: Ceratozetoidea.

Diapterobates is a genus of oribatid mites found in the Holarctic region (Subías 2004). The type species Diapterobates humeralis has been studied as a control agent for the hemlock woolly adelgid Adelges tsugae, as in the process of feeding on the woolly filaments covering this insect's ovisacs it tends to dislodge and destroy the eggs themselves.

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Prodorsum with lamellae and translamella present; sensillus short with dilated head. Notogaster with thirteen pairs of setae; four pairs of areae porosae; areae porosae Aa elongate, thrice or more as long as wide; pteromorphae immovable. Six pairs of genital setae; one pair of aggenital setae; two pairs of anal setae; three pairs of adanal setae. Legs tridactyle.

<==Diapterobates Grandjean 1936 S04
    |--D. humeralis (Hermann 1804) S04 (see below for synonymy)
    |--D. altimontanus Hammer 1977 S04
    |--D. arnoldii Krivolutsky 1966 S04
    |--D. bogduulensis Bayartogtokh & Aoki 1998 S04
    |--D. crinitus Pankov 1982 S04
    |--D. izuensis Suzuki 1971 S04
    |--D. japonicus Aoki 1982 S04
    |--D. montivagus (Hull 1914) (n. d.) [=Oribata montivaga] S04
    |--D. nayoroensis Fujikawa 1984 S04
    |--D. notatus (Thorell 1871) (see below for synonymy) S04
    |--D. oblongus (Koch 1879) [=Oppia oblonga] S04
    |--D. oromurcii Shaldybina 1970 S04
    |--D. pusillus Aoki 1969 S04
    |    |--D. p. pusillus S04
    |    `--D. p. cuspidatus Choi 1986 S04
    |--D. reticulatus (Koch 1879) (see below for synonymy) S04
    |--D. rostralis Shaldybina 1971 S04
    |--D. rostrotuberculatus Shaldybina 1971 S04
    |--D. rotundocuspidatus Shaldybina 1970 [incl. D. siccatus Behan-Pelletier 1986] S04
    |--D. sitnikovae Shaldybina 1970 S04
    |--D. songliensis Choi 1986 S04
    |--D. unimaculatus (Banks 1906) [=Galumna unimaculata] S04
    `--D. variabilis Hammer 1955 S04
         |--D. v. variabilis S04
         |--D. v. altissimus Piffl 1971 S04
         |--D. v. honshuensis Aoki 1982 S04
         `--D. v. yezoensis Aoki 1982 S04

Diapterobates humeralis (Hermann 1804) S04 [=Notaspis humeralis S04, Oribates humeralis CF77; incl. Sphaerozetes (Trichoribates) numerosus Sellnick 1924 S04, *Diapterobates numerosus S04, Oribata picipes Koch 1839 S04]

Diapterobates notatus (Thorell 1871) [=Oribata notata; incl. Claviceps bimaculatus Koch 1879, Sphaerozetes strandi Berlese 1910] S04

Diapterobates reticulatus (Koch 1879) [=Oribata reticulata; incl. Sphaerozetes (Trichoribates) principalis Berlese 1914] 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.

[CF77] Canestrini, G., & F. Fanzago. 1877. Intorno agli Acari Italiani. Atti del Reale Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Serie 5, 4: 69–208, pls 2–7.

[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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