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Fig. 1. Sinobryobia fani - adult female, dorsum
Fig. 2. S. fani - adult female, dorsum
Fig. 3. S. fani - adult female, empodia
Fig. 4. S. fani - adult female, venter
Fig. 5. S. fani - adult female, venter
Fig. 6. S. fani - adult female, legs
*Australia: south eastern Queensland
Female (Figs 1, 2)
- empodium = short pad with two rows of ventral tenent hairs (Fig. 3)
- true claws = well developed claw with two tenent hairs (Fig. 3)
- dorsum with smooth to lightly finely rugose prodorsal and pygidial shields (Fig. 1)
- dorsal cuticle between shields with widely spaced striae (Fig. 1)
- ventral cuticle with widely space striae (Figs 4, 5)
- lateral cuticle of body granulate, with regular spicules, strongly spiculate around coxae III
- forked setae present distally on tarsi I-IV (tarsi I-II = 1; tarsi III-IV = 3)
- femur I with dorsal pusticulate ornamentation (Fig. 6)
- leg chaetotaxy (Fig. 6):
- femora I-IV 11, 7, 5, 5
- genua I-IV 9, 3, 4, 5
- tibiae I-IV 10, 5, 5, 5
- tarsi I-IV 19(3+2), 13(1+2), 10, 10
Unknown - collected from leaf litter in dry sclerophyll forest.
Sinobryobia chinensis from China
Nothing is known of the ecology and biology of these mites.
*Beard, J.J. (2003) New record of Sinobryobia (Acari: Tetranychidae: Bryobiinae) in Australia with description of a new species. International Journal of Acarology 29: 133-138
Sinobryobia chinensis was collected from a weed, and no other representatives of this genus were collected in the world until S. fani was found in leaf litter in Brisbane.
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