Flat Mites of the World


Key characters

  • c2, d2, e2, f2 absent (Fig. 1)
  • h2 not elongate
  • many dorsal setae long, thick, barbed (Figs. 1-4)
  • anterior margin of prodorsum with weakly developed broad flat projection over gnathosoma and coxae I-II (sometimes not clearly visible)
  • ventral and genital regions fused (Fig. 5)
  • 3 pairs ps setae
  • 2-3 segmented palp
  • cuticle with strong sculpturing
  • deutonymph with some very long dorsal setae (Fig. 6)

Number of species

Three - P. cherretii, P. macropilis, P. thomissus


De Leon


Guyana, Mexico, South Africa


Melastomataceae, Sapotaceae


Fig. 1. Priscapalpus macropilis female dorsum (after De Leon 1961).


Fig. 2. Priscapalpus macropilis female dorsum (type specimen).


Fig. 3. Priscapalpus macropilis female dorsum (type specimen).


Fig. 4. Priscapalpus macropilis female prodorsum (type specimen).


Fig. 5. Priscapalpus macropilis female venter, with detail of genital region (type specimen).


Fig. 6. Priscapalpus macropilis deutonymph dorsum (type specimen) - note the long v2, sc1, sc2, h2 setae.