Flat Mites of the World

Raoiella species 8

Key characters

  • setae c1 weakly spatulate to blunt; setae d1, e1 minute, blunt (Figs. 1, 2, 3)
  • seta h1 longer than h2 (Fig. 4)
  • seta h2 short, narrow, setiform, tapered, with blunt tip (Fig. 4)
  • seta f2 shorter than f3 (Fig. 4)
  • coxae III-IV nude
  • femur II with 4 setae (d, l', bv", v')
  • genua I-II with 2 setae (l", l' present; d absent)
  • tarsus I with companion seta longer than solenidion (Fig. 5)
  • tarsus II with companion seta slightly longer than solenidion
  • dorsal seta on tibiae I-II setiform with tapered tip (but not finely tapered) (Fig. 6)
  • palp tibiotarsus with one solenidion and one blunt eupathidium distally (Fig. 7), and one seta dorsally
  • setae ps1 and ps2 inserted adjacent to each other (Fig. 8)
  • male with moderately long ps1 setae, 13-14 microns
  • male femur II same as female
  • male genua I-II with 3 setae (d, l', l")
  • larva unknown

Similar species

Raoiella species 8 is morphologically similar to Raoiella australica and Raoiella species 7.

Raoiella species 8: male prodorsal setae sc2 > 45 microns; male prodorsal setae v2 > 40 microns; found in eastern Australia.

Raoiella australica: male prodorsal setae sc2 < 45 microns; male prodorsal setae v2 < 30; female with setae d on femora II-IV and tibiae III-IV with blunt tips; found in eastern Australia.

Raoiella species 7: male prodorsal setae sc2 > 45 microns; male prodorsal setae v2 < 30 microns; female with setae d on femora II-IV and tibiae III-IV with tapered tips; found in western Australia.

Distribution

Australia (NSW)

Hosts

Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae)

Remarks

This species is currently being described by Beard et al.

Species 8 in Dowling et al. (2012).

References

Dowling et al. (2012)

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Fig. 1. Raoiella species 8 adult female.

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Fig. 2. Raoiella species 8 adult female dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Raoiella species 8 adult female central dorsum.

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Fig. 4. Raoiella species 8 adult female posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 5. Raoiella species 8 adult female leg I (s = solenidion, cs = companion seta).

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Fig. 6. Raoiella species 8 adult female leg I indicating the dorsal seta, d, on tibia I.

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Fig. 7. Raoiella species 8 adult female palps (s = solenidion, e = eupathidium).

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Fig. 8. Raoiella species 8 adult female posterior venter (genital region).