Flat Mites of the World

Cyperacarus

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

Authority

Beard and Ochoa

Distribution

Australia

Hosts

Gahnia spp. (Cyperaceae)

Colour

orange to yellow, with small black spots visible internally

<em>Cyperacarus</em>

Fig. 1. Cyperacarus naomae female dorsum.

<em>Cyperacarus</em>

Fig. 2. Cyperacarus foliatus female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Cyperacarus naomae female.

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Fig. 4. Cyperacarus naomae female venter.