Flat Mites of the World

Tegopalpus

Key characters

  • c2, d2, e2, f2 absent (Figs. 1, 2b, 3, 5)
  • gnathosoma completely concealed beneath prodorsum (gnathosoma can be extruded if specimen strongly flattened) (Figs. 4, 6, 7)
  • h2 not elongate (Fig. 5)
  • pair of broadly triangular lobes present below anterior margin of prodorsum forming a notch (Figs. 6, 7)
  • ventral and genital not developed (Fig. 8)
  • anal plates membranous (Fig. 8)
  • 3 pairs ps setae (Figs. 8, 9)
  • 3 segmented palp (Figs. 2b, 4)

Similar taxa

Chaudhripalpus - 4 segmented palp

Philippipalpus - e2 present

Number of species

One - T. conicus

Authority

Womersley

Distribution

Australia

Hosts

Casuarina glauca (Casuarinaceae)

Remarks

This is a recently redescribed genus (see Beard, Seeman & Bauchan (2014).

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Fig. 1. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female dorsum.

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Fig. 2. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female a. dorsum, b. detail of palp.

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Fig. 3. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female anterior opisthosoma, indicating absence of c2, d2, e2.

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Fig. 4. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female, ventral view of anterior margin of prodorsum, indicating concealed gnathosoma and broad lobes.

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Fig. 5. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female posterior dorsum.

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Fig. 6. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female prodorsum, with broadly triangular lobes below the anterior margin of prodorsum.

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Fig. 6. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female prodorsum, with broadly triangular lobes below the anterior margin of prodorsum.

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Fig. 8. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female posterior venter.

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Fig. 9. Tegopalpus conicus, adult female posterior venter.