Austrachipteria sp., photographed by S. E. Thorpe.

Belongs within: Hydrozetoidea.

Austrachipteria is a genus of oribatid mites that is most diverse in Australasia though a single species A. pulla is known from Japan (Subías 2004).

Characters (from Balogh & Balogh 1992): Lamellae synlamellate; pteromorphae immovable; octotaxic system sacculonotic, four pairs of sacculi; ten pairs of notograstral setae present, setae lm and lp originating almost in same longitudinal row as setae c2, h1 and h3; six pairs of genital setae present, one pair of aggenital setae, two pairs of anal setae; three pairs of adanal setae; legs tridactyle.

Austrachipteria Balogh & Mahunka 1966 [incl. Parahypozetes Hammer 1967] S04
    |--*A. lamellata Balogh & Mahunka 1966 S04
    |--A. bidactyla (Balogh & Balogh 1983) [=Parahypozetes bidactylus] S04
    |--A. bidentata (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes bidentatus] S04
    |--A. breviseta (Balogh & Balogh 1983) [=Parahypozetes brevisetus] S04
    |--A. furcata (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes furcatus] S04
    |--A. gigantea (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes giganteus] S04
    |--A. grandis (Hammer 1967) S04 [=*Parahypozetes grandis CH98]
    |--A. hammerae Balogh & Balogh 1992 (see below for synonymy) S04
    |--A. lobata (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes lobatus] S04
    |--A. macrodentata (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes macrodentatus] S04
    |--A. maxima (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes maximus] S04
    |--A. pulla Aoki & Honda 1985 S04
    `--A. quadridentata (Hammer 1967) [=Parahypozetes quadridentatus] S04

Austrachipteria hammerae Balogh & Balogh 1992 [incl. Parahypozetes hammerae Mahunka 1997 non A. hammerae Balogh & Balogh 1992, P. lobatus Balogh & Balogh 1983 non Hammer 1967, Austrachipteria marieae Colloff & Halliday 1998] 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.

[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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