Flat Mites of the World

Raoiella species 5

Key characters

  • setae c1, d1, e1 weakly spatulate to thick tipped (Figs. 1, 2)
  • seta h1 longer than h2 (Fig. 3)
  • seta h2 weakly spatulate (Fig. 3)
  • seta f2 shorter than f3 (Fig. 3)
  • coxae III-IV nude
  • femur II with 4 setae (d, l', bv", v')
  • genua I-II with 2 setae (d, l' present; l" absent)
  • tarsi I-II with companion seta obviously shorter than solenidion (Figs. 4, 5)
  • dorsal seta on tibiae I-II setiform, with tapered tip (Fig. 5)
  • palp tibiotarsus with one solenidion and one blunt eupathidium distally (Fig. 6), and one seta dorsally
  • setae ps1 and ps2 inserted adjacent to each other (Fig. 7)
  • male with long ps1 setae, 18-21 microns (Fig. 8)
  • male femur II and genua I-II same as female
  • larva with setae h2 short, not elongate or filiform

Similar species

Raoiella species 5 is similar morphologically to Raoiella species 13.

Raoiella species 5: opisthosomal setae f2 shorter than f3.

Raoiella species 13: opisthosomal setae f2 subequal in length with f3.

Distribution

Australia (NT)

Hosts

Milky box, Lophostemon lactifluus (Myrtaceae)

Remarks

This species is currently being described by Beard et al.

Listed as species 5 in Beard et al. (2012) and Dowling et al. (2012).

Collected from monsoon forest south of Darwin, Northern Territory.

References

Beard et al. (2012); Dowling et al. (2012)

<em>Raoiella</em> species 5

Fig. 1. Raoiella species 5 adult female dorsum.

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Fig. 2. Raoiella species 5 adult female anterior lateral opisthosoma.

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Fig. 3. Raoiella species 5 adult female posterior lateral dorsum.

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Fig. 4. Raoiella species 5 adult female leg I (sol = solenidion; cs = companion seta; ta I = tarsus I; ti I = tibia I).

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Fig. 5. Raoiella species 5 adult female leg II (sol = solenidion; cs = companion seta; d = dorsal seta on tibia with tapered tip; ta I = tarsus I; ti I = tibia I).

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Fig. 6. Raoiella species 5 adult female palp (s = solenidion; e = eupathidium).

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Fig. 7. Raoiella species 5 adult female posterior venter (g = genital setae; ag = aggenital setae).

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Fig. 9. Raoiella species 5 adult male posterior dorsum (indicating ps1 setae).