Flat Mites of the World

Brevipalpus cuneatus


(Canestrini and Fanzago)

Taxonomic history

Caligonus cuneatus - original designation

Tenuipalpus cuneatus - Berlese (1887)

Brevipalpus cuneatus - Baker (1949)

Hystripalpus cuneatus - Mitrofanov & Strunkova (1979)

Species group characters

B. cuneatus species group (sensu Baker & Tuttle 1987) = f2 present; tarsus II with 1 solenidion; dorsal central setae (c1, d1, e1) different shape to dorsal lateral setae (c3, d3, e3); palp 4-segmented with 2 distal setae


  • opisthosomal setae f2 present (= 7 setae around opisthosomal margin) (Figs. 1, 6)
  • tarsus II with 1 solenidion distally (antiaxial); solenidia on tarsus I-II long (Fig. 2)
  • prodorsum smooth centrally, with some weak wrinkles; with rounded closed cells laterally, forming strong pebble-like reticulation (Figs. 3, 4)
  • anterior projection of prodorsum with strong pebble-like reticulation (Fig. 4)
  • dorsal opisthosoma cuticle between c1-c1 and e1-e1 smooth to weakly wrinkled (rugose) (Fig. 5); cuticle laterad c1 with pebble-like reticulation; cuticle posterior e1-e1 with weak transverse folds and large rounded cells (Figs. 5, 6)
  • seta f3 inserted off the body margin, medad f2 (Fig. 6)
  • almost the entire ventral surface of body with strong pebble-like reticulation (Fig. 7)
  • ventral plate not well defined, with small to medium circular cells (Figs. 8, 9)
  • genital plate with large rounded cells transversely aligned (Figs. 8, 9), cells often fused to form transverse bands/folds (Fig. 9)
  • spermatheca not visible
  • palp tibia with protuberance; seta on femur strong, tapered, lightly barbed (Fig. 10)
  • palp tarsus very small, with 2 setae - 1 solenidion, 1 eupathidion (Figs. 10-11)
  • trochanter III with 1 seta (Fig. 12)
  • ventral setae 3a and 4a very short (Fig. 12)

Distribution based on confirmed specimens

Italy (holotype)

Hosts based on confirmed specimens

unidentified hedge plant (holotype)


Baker (1949); Berlese (1887); *Canestrini & Fanzago (1876); Mitrofanov & Strunkova (1979)

* - original description

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Fig. 1. Brevipalpus cuneatus female dorsum.

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Fig. 2. Brevipalpus cuneatus female legs I-II - arrow indicates long solenidion.

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Fig. 2. Brevipalpus cuneatus female prodorsum.

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Fig. 4. Brevipalpus cuneatus female anterior extension of prodorsum.

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Fig. 5. Brevipalpus cuneatus female dorsal opisthosoma.

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Fig. 6. Brevipalpus cuneatus female posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 7. Brevipalpus cuneatus female venter.

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Fig. 8. Brevipalpus cuneatus female posterior venter - note lack of well defined ventral plate.

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Fig. 9. Brevipalpus cuneatus female posterior venter - note lack of well defined ventral plate.

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Fig. 10. Brevipalpus cuneatus female palp, indicating small palp tarsus, and seta on palp femur.

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Fig. 11. Brevipalpus cuneatus female palp - arrow indicates 2 setae on palp tarsus.

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Fig. 12. Brevipalpus cuneatus female venter, arrow indicates seta on trochanter III (= tr III); note also small setae 3a, 4a.