Flat Mites of the World

Brevipalpus

Key characters

Cenopalpus - c2 present; solenidia on tarsi I-II long, slender (Fig. 10); with distinctive ventral plate, delimited by pattern in cuticle

Amblypalpus - no setae in f-series present; ventral and genital plates not developed

Similar taxa

Cenopalpus - c2 present; solenidia on tarsi I-II long, slender (Fig. 10); with distinctive ventral plate, delimited by pattern in cuticle

Amblypalpus - no setae in f-series present; ventral and genital plates not developed

Number of species

over 300

Authority

Donnadieu

Distribution

World wide.

By far the most species are recorded from Neotropical region ~129 spp.), followed by Nearctic (~69 spp.) and Oriental (~49 spp.) regions.

Species rich countries include: China, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, USA

Hosts

  • usually red, orange, brown in colour when alive (Figs. 11-12)
  • often with dark markings dorsally
  • eggs red

Colour

  • usually red, orange, brown in colour when alive (Figs. 11-12)
  • often with dark markings dorsally
  • eggs red

Remarks

The dorsal setae of the deutonymphal differ in shape to those of adult and these differences can be of significance for species separation.

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Fig. 1. Brevipalpus phoenicis sensu lato female dorsum (after Baker & Tuttle 1987).

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Fig. 2. Brevipalpus colpodes female dorsum (after Pritchard & Baker 1958).

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Fig. 3. Brevipalpus chilensis female dorsum (image: Gary Bauchan, USDA-ARS).

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Fig. 4. Brevipalpus sp. female dorsum.

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Fig. 5. Brevipalpus sp. female dorsum.

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Fig. 6. Brevipalpus adult female dorsum, indicating broad flat projection on anterior margin of prodorsum (images: Eric Erbe, USDA).

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Fig. 7. Brevipalpus sp. female venter - detail of ventral and genital plates.

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Fig. 8. Brevipalpus chilensis female venter (image: Gary Bauchan, USDA-ARS).

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Fig. 9. Brevipalpus chilensis female venter - ventral & genital plates (image: Gary Bauchan, USDA-ARS).

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Fig. 10. Solenidion on tarsus I-II of Brevipalpus (short, rod-like) and Cenopalpus (long, slender) (indicated by arrows).

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Fig. 11. Brevipalpus sp. female live.

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Fig. 12. Brevipalpus sp. female live.