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Taxonavigation: Endeostigmata 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Subclassis: Acari
Superordo: Acariformes
Ordo: Sarcoptiformes
Subordo: Endeostigmata

Familia: Nanorchestidae
Genus: Speleorchestes
Synonyms (1): ?Caenonychus

Species (10): S. formicorum – S. globulus – S. meyerae – S. natulus – S. nylsvleyensis – S. poduroides – S. potchefstroomensis – S. pratensis – S. termitophilus – S. ventriosus


  • Speleorchestes Trägårdh, 1909
    • Original status: valid genus
    • Gender: masculine
    • Type species: Speleorchestes formicorum Trägårdh, 1909
      • Fixation: subsequent designation by Olivier & Theron (1989: 356, not indicated to be designated for the first time), unless there is an earlier valid designation
    • Originally included nominal species: S. formicorum – S. termitophilus


Primary references[edit]

  • Trägårdh, I. 1909: Speleorchestes, a new genus of saltorial Trombidiidae, which lives in termites' and ants' nests. Arkiv för zoologi, 6(2): 1–14. BHL

Additional references[edit]

  • Moraza, M.L. 2008: First records of Endeostigmata and Sphaerolichina mites (Acari: Sarcoptiformes and Trombidiformes) from the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands. Boletin de la Asociacion Espanola de Entomologia, 32(3-4): 293–304. ISSN: 0210-8984 PDF
  • Olivier, P.A.S.; Theron, P.D. 1989: A new species of Speleorchestes (Nanorchestidae: Prostigmata) from a savanna biotope in South Africa. South African journal of zoology, 24(4): 356-360.
  • Sirvid, P.J. et al. 2010: [Chapter] SIX Phylum ARTHROPODA CHELICERATA horseshoe crabs, arachnids, sea spiders. Pp. 50-89 in Gordon, D.P. (ed.): New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume 2. Kingdom Animalia. Chaetognatha, Ecdysozoa, ichnofossils. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, New Zealand. ISBN 978-1-87725793-3
  • Theron, P.D. 1975: Two new species of the family Nanorchestidae (Acari: Endeostigmata) from pasture soil in South Africa. Wetenskaplike Bydr potchefstroom Univ (Naturwet), (63): 1–9. [not seen]
  • Theron, P.D.; Ryke, P.A.J. 1969: The family Nanorchestidae Grandjean (Acari: Prostigmata) with descriptions of new species from South African soils. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 32: 31–60. [not seen]
  • Womersley, H. 1944: Australian Acarina, families Alycidae and Nanorchestidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 68(1): 133–143. PDF BUGZ


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