Views of Rhynchoribates brasiliensis: (from left to right) dorsal, ventral, chelicera, and subcapitulum, from Norton & Behan-Pelletier (2009).

Belongs within: Circumdehiscentiae.

The Rhynchoribatidae are a small family of oribatid mites with unusual attenuate-edentate chelicerae (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009).

Characters (from Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009): Length 500–1000 µm. Prodorsum elongate with rostrum gradually or abruptly attenuated; rostral setae curved gently; without true lamellae; bothridium position only slightly forward of dorsosejugal furrow. Subcapitulum anarthric; rutella forming tube; chelicerae attenuate-edentate. Palpgenu separate from femur, with one seta; palptarsus with eight setae; distal eupathids on palptarsus fused basally, appearing like forked seta. Notogaster without octotaxic system. Genital plates with seven pairs of setae. Trochanter III with two setae; tibiae and tarsi without porose areas.

<==Rhynchoribatidae S04
    |--Suctoribates Balogh 1963 S04
    |    |--*S. suctorius Balogh 1963 S04
    |    |--S. carinatus Hammer 1979 S04
    |    |--S. crassisetosus Franklin & Woas 1992 S04
    |    |--S. foliatus Mahunka 1997 S04
    |    `--S. neotropicus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
    `--Rhynchoribates Grandjean 1929 S04
         |--*R. rostratus Grandjean 1929 S04
         |--R. acutus Balogh 1958 S04
         |--R. amazonicus Woas 1986 S04
         |--R. borhidi Mahunka 1986 S04
         |--R. brasiliensis Woas 1986 S04
         |--R. dilatatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--R. ecuadoriensis Balogh 1988 S04
         |--R. edentatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--R. excelsior Mahunka 1985 S04
         |--R. fabulosus Beck 1961 S04
         |--R. genavensium Mahunka 1977 S04
         |--R. grandis Hammer 1961 S04
         |--R. insignis Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--R. mirus Beck 1961 S04
         |--R. montanus Balogh 1962 S04
         |--R. obtusus Mahunka 1985 S04
         |--R. orientalis Balogh 1970 S04
         |--R. pocsi Mahunka 1986 S04
         |--R. radula Mahunka 1983 S04
         |--R. robinsoni Balogh 1962 S04
         |--R. serratus Balogh 1958 S04
         |--R. spathulatus Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         |--R. spectabilis Balogh & Mahunka 1969 S04
         `--R. subaequalis Balogh 1962 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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