Flat Mites of the World

Capedulia

Key characters

  • d2, e2, f2 absent (Figs. 1-4)
  • h2 not significantly elongate (Fig. 4)
  • anterior margin of prodorsum smoothly rounded, without notch or projection (Fig. 5)
  • ventral, genital and anal plates not developed
  • 2 pairs ps setae
  • 2 segmented palp (Fig. 6)
  • claws are pad-like and resemble empodium
  • inner tenent hairs on claws are shorter than outer tenent hairs on claws (Figs. 7-9)

Similar taxa

Coleacarus - inner and outer tenent hairs on claws are equal in length (Fig. 9)

Number of species

Four - C. calendulae, C. maritima, C. prasadi, C. xeroclei

Authority

Meyer

Distribution

Israel, Namibia, South Africa

Hosts

Aizoaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Plumbaginaceae

Remarks

Capedulia prasadi is found in galls of Aspalathus linearis (Fabaceae).

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Fig. 1. Capedulia calendulae female dorsum (after Meyer 1979).

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Fig. 2. Capedulia prasadi adult female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Capedulia prasadi adult female anterior dorsal opisthosoma.

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Fig. 4. Capedulia prasadi adult female posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 5. Capedulia prasadi adult female prodorsum (arrow indicates anterior margin of prodorsum).

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Fig. 6. Capedulia prasadi adult female palp.

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Fig. 7. Capedulia prasadi adult female tarsus I-II.

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Fig. 8. Capedulia prasadi adult female tarsus IV.

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Fig. 9. Capedulia and Coleacarus tarsi - tenent hairs on claws.