Flat Mites of the World

Raoiella shimpana

Authority

Meyer

Key characters

  • setae c1, d1, e1 spatulate (narrowly) (Figs. 1, 2, 3)
  • seta h1 usually subequal in length to h2 (sometimes slightly longer) (Figs. 2, 4, 5)
  • seta h2 spatulate to weakly spatulate (Fig. 2)
  • seta f2 longer than f3 (Figs. 2, 4, 5)
  • coxae III-IV with one seta each (3b, 4b)
  • femur II with 4 setae (d, l', bv", v')
  • genua I-II with 3 setae (d, l', l")
  • tarsus I with companion seta obviously longer than solenidion (Fig. 6)
  • tarsus II with companion seta obviously shorter than solenidion (sometimes subequal in length) (Fig. 7)
  • dorsal setae on tibiae I-II setiform, with tapered tip (not finely tapered) (Figs. 6, 7)
  • palp tibiotarsus with one solenidion and one tapered, setiform eupathidium distally (Fig. 8), and one seta dorsally
  • setae ps1 and ps2 inserted adjacent to each other
  • male with short ps1 setae, 11 microns (Fig. 9)
  • male femur II and genua I-II same as female
  • larva unknown

Similar species

Raoiella shimpana is similar morphologically to Raoiella species 12.

Raoiella shimpana: opisthosomal setae f2 76-81; setae d on femora I, tibiae I and setae l' on tibia I with broad blunt tips; palp eupathidium tapered, not forked distally.

Raoiella species 12: opisthosomal setae f2 62-68; setae d on femora I, tibiae I and setae l' on tibia I with tapered tips; palp eupathidium forked distally.

Distribution

South Africa

Hosts

Cassine transvaalensis (Celastraceae)

Remarks

This species is currently being redescribed by Beard et al.

References

Akbar (1990); Akbar & Chaudhri (1987); Beard et al. (in prep.); Chaudhri & Akbar (1985); *Meyer (1987); Mohanasundaram (1989)

* - original description

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Fig. 1. Raoiella shimpana female paratype dorsum.

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Fig. 2. Raoiella shimpana female paratype dorsum.

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Fig. 3. Raoiella shimpana female paratype anterior dorsolateral opisthosoma.

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Fig. 4. Raoiella shimpana female paratype posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 5. Raoiella shimpana female paratype posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 6. Raoiella shimpana female paratype leg I (sol = solenidion; cs = companion seta; d = dorsal seta on tibia; ge = genu; ti = tibia; ta = tarsus).

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Fig. 7. Raoiella shimpana female paratype leg II (sol = solenidion; cs = companion seta; d = dorsal seta on tibia; ge = genu; ti = tibia; ta = tarsus).

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Fig. 8. Raoiella shimpana female paratype palp (s = solenidion; e = eupathidium).

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Fig. 9. Raoiella shimpana male paratype posterior dorsum.