Flat Mites of the World

Coleacarus

Key characters

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

Similar taxa

Capedulia - inner tenent hairs on the claws are shorter than outer tenent hairs (Fig. 9)

Number of species

One - C. lithops

Authority

Meyer

Distribution

Namibia

Hosts

Lithops erniana (Aizoaceae)

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Fig. 1. Coleacarus lithops female dorsum (after Meyer 1979).

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Fig. 2. Coleacarus lithops female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Coleacarus lithops female anterior opisthosoma.

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Fig. 4. Coleacarus lithops female posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 5. Coleacarus lithops female prodorsum.

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Fig. 6. Coleacarus lithops female posterior venter.

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Fig. 7. Coleacarus lithops female tarsus IV.

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Fig. 8. Coleacarus lithops female tarsus I.

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