Flat Mites of the World

Chaudhripalpus

Key characters

  • c2, d2, e2, f2 absent (Figs. 1, 2)
  • h2 not elongate
  • dorsal setae short, broadly spatulate (Figs. 1, 2)
  • anterior prodorsal of margin with notch level with v2 (setae v2 often concealed under prodorsum - Figs. 1, 2, 3)
  • ventral plate not developed
  • genital and anal plates membranous, weakly developed (Fig. 4)
  • 3 pairs ps setae (Fig. 4)
  • 4 segmented palp (Fig. 3)

Similar taxa

Philippipalpus - e2 present

Tegopalpus - 3 segmented palp

Number of species

Two - C. creelae, C. costacola

Authority

Mesa, Welbourn and Evans

Distribution

Australia

Hosts

Allocasuarina luehmannii, Casuarina cristata (Casuarinaceae)

Colour

  • red when alive
  • eggs red

Remarks

Individuals wedge themselves into crevices on needle-like leaves of host plant.

This is a recently redescribed genus (see Beard, Seeman & Bauchan (2014).

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Fig. 1. Chaudhripalpus creelae female dorsum.

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Fig. 2. Chaudhripalpus costacola sp. nov. Beard & Seeman, female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Chaudhripalpus creelae female, anterior margin of prodorsum concealing the gnathosoma; a, b dorsal view; c ventral view.

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Fig. 4. Chaudhripalpus costacola sp. nov. Beard & Seeman, female venter, detail of genital region.