Flat Mites of the World

About the tool

Tool updates

Traject Info

The first edition of this tool, released in March 2012, included identification support for 36 genera of flat mites, including specific diagnostics for 13 species of Raoiella, 14 species of Brevipalpus, and Tenuipalpus pacificus. The first edition had three Lucid keys, one to the genera of the family, and one each for species of Raoiella and Brevipalpus.

Edition 2, released in March 2013, added a number of taxonomic revisions and new species that were discovered as a result of the research performed for the development of the tool. The family Tenuipalpidae now includes 38 genera rather than 36, and the genera key was updated to include all of these. Identification support within the group was also expanded, and a fourth key was added:

  • The Raoiella key now includes 20 species (from 13), including several newly or soon-to-be described species.
  • The Brevipalpus phoenicis species complex has been further separated into seven cryptic species.
  • The tool now offers diagnostics for an economically important species associated with pineapple across the world, Dolichotetranychus floridanus.
  • In addition to Tenuipalpus pacificus, a frequently intercepted mite included in the first edition, a recent incursion in the USA of an unidentified Tenuipalpus mite near T. crassulus sparked our interest in providing diagnostics for these two flat mite species associated with succulent plants.
  • A key for 3 commonly intercepted species of Cenopalpus has also been added.

The second edition was updated in April 2015 to reflect the publication of a number of new names within the Brevipalpus phoenicis species complex. These changes were as follows:

  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. A is now Brevipalpus phoenicis sensu stricto
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. B is now Brevipalpus yothersi
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. C is now Brevipalpus papayensis
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. D is now Brevipalpus azores
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. E is now Brevipalpus feresi
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. F is now Brevipalpus ferraguti
  • Brevipalpus phoenicis group sp. G is now Brevipalpus tucuman