Plasmobates sp., from Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility.

Belongs within: Circumdehiscentiae.

The Plasmobatidae are a pantropical group of oribatid mites in which the notogaster bears large lateral apophyses carrying the opisthonotal glands.

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Length small to medium, 330–440 µm. Adults with or without scalps, scalps when present concentrically arranged and very evident. Gnathosoma modified, chelicerae pelopsiform. Rostrum with deep medial incision; lamellar setae small, hardly visible. Paired opisthonotal glands opening on large anteriorly directed apophyses laterally on notogaster; octotaxic system absent. Trochanters and femora I–II with retrotecta.

    |--Orbiculobates Grandjean 1961 S04
    |    |--*O. orbiculus (Grandjean 1929) [=Plasmobates orbiculus] S04
    |    `--O. transvectus (Grandjean 1929) [=Plasmobates transvectus] S04
    |--Solenozetes Grandjean 1931 S04
    |    |--*S. cribratus (Grandjean 1929) [=Plasmobates cribratus] S04
    |    |--S. australis (Balogh & Csiszár 1963) [=Orbiculobates australis] S04
    |    |--S. carinatus (Hammer 1961) [=Plasmobates carinatus] S04
    |    |--S. flagellatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
    |    |--S. flagellifer Mahunka 1983 S04
    |    `--S. gallonae Hunt 1994 S04
    `--Plasmobates Grandjean 1929 S04
         |--*P. pagoda Grandjean 1929 S04
         |--P. acutirostrum Hammer 1973 S04
         |--P. africanus Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
         |--P. asiaticus Aoki 1973 S04
         |--P. carboneli Pérez-Íñigo & Sarasola 1998 S04
         |--P. hyalinus Hammer 1971 S04
         |--P. javensis Hammer 1979 S04
         |--P. machadoi Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
         |--P. minor Balogh 1958 (n. d.) S04
         `--P. schubarti Pérez-Íñigo & Baggio 1998 S04

*Type species of generic name indicated


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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