Flat Mites of the World

Priscapalpus

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

Authority

De Leon

Distribution

Guyana, Mexico, South Africa

Hosts

Melastomataceae, Sapotaceae

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

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

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

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

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

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