Flat Mites of the World

Obduloides

Key characters

  • c2, d2, e1, e2, f2, f3 absent (Figs. 1, 2)
  • no setae in f series present
  • h2 not extremely elongate
  • dorsal shields evident
  • anterior margin of prodorsum smoothly rounded, without notch or projection
  • 1 pair ps setae (Fig. 3)
  • 1 segmented palp

Similar taxa

Krugeria - with strongly ramose (branching) dorsal setae

Number of species

Seven - O. flavae, O. inquilinus, O. namibiensis, O. occidentalis, O. rajamohani, O. rimandoi, O. ruginosus

Authority

Baker and Tuttle

Distribution

India, The Philippines, South Africa

Hosts

These mites are collected from galls on their host plants.

Species of Obduloides have been collected from within spherical galls on Hibiscus calyphyllis and H. micranthus (Malvaceae); in association with galls produced by Eriophyes hibisci on Hibiscus sp. (Malvaceae); from within elongate galls on Grewia flava (Tiliaceae); from galls on G. multiflora (Tiliaceae); from within dome-shaped galls on G. occidentalis (Tiliaceae); and from galls on Litsea perrottettei (Lauraceae).

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Fig. 1. Obduloides rajamohani female dorsum (after Baker & Tuttle 1975).

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Fig. 2. Obduloides rajamohani female dorsum (moulting - the deutonymphal skin can be seen on the right side).

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Fig. 3. Obduloides rajamohani female venter, indicating one pair ps setae (after Baker & Tuttle 1975).