Flat Mites of the World


Key characters

  • c2, d2, e1, e2, f3 absent (Figs. 1, 2)
  • f2 present (inserted in an f3 position and mistaken for f3)
  • h2 elongate, tapered (Figs. 1, 2, 3)
  • genital setae g1 inserted anterior to g2 (Fig. 4)
  • anterior margin of prodorsum with 3 projections - central large projection, flanked by two cylindrical projections each bearing seta v2
  • ventral, genital and anal plates not developed, membranous (Fig. 4)
  • 2 pairs ps setae (Fig. 4)
  • 3 segmented palp
  • ventral cuticle finely striate

Similar taxa

Acaricis - c1 absent; e1, f3 present; anterior margin prodorsum with forked projection; palp 4-segmented

Gahniacarus - f3 present; c1, d1 similar to other dorsal setae

Prolixus - body elongate; c1 absent; e1 present; f2 present or absent; anterior margin of prodorsum smoothly rounded or with small projection

Number of species

Two - C. naomae, C. foliatus


Beard and Ochoa




Gahnia spp. (Cyperaceae)


orange to yellow, with small black spots visible internally


Fig. 1. Cyperacarus naomae female dorsum.


Fig. 2. Cyperacarus foliatus female dorsum.


Fig. 3. Cyperacarus naomae female.


Fig. 4. Cyperacarus naomae female venter.