Tydeus munsteri

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Taxonavigation: Tydeoidea 

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: Trombidiformes
Subordo: Prostigmata
Cohort: Eupodina
Superfamilia: Tydeoidea

Familia: Tydeidae
Subfamilia: Tydeinae
Genus: Tydeus
Species: T. munsteri


The status, affinity, scope or nomenclature of this taxon is disputed.

Please see the discussion below or comments on the talk page.

Tydeus munsteri Meyer & Ryke, 1959

  • Type locality: from an unidentified wild shrub, Munster (South Africa).
  • Holotype: Institute for Zoological Research of the Potchefstroom University – ♀.




  • Type species of Afrotydeus (Baker, 1970: 165).
  • The genital chaetotaxy is not given in the original description by Meyer & Ryke. The authors wrote: "The genital opening is similar to that of T. grabouwi." According to Ueckermann & Grout (2007: 2364), authors clearly stated that T. munsteri has the same number of genital setae as T. grabouwi Meyer and Ryke, namely six."


  • According to Baker (1970: 165), there are only 4 genitals in the adults [The information is reported and not discussed by Kaźmierski (1998: 344) and by Silva et al. (2016: 57)]. There are 6 genitals according to André (1980: 128) and Ueckermann & Grout (2007: 2364).
  • The hypothesis suggested by Ueckermann & Grout — the specimen Baker studied was a tritonymph — is all the more attractive as the confusion Adult-tritonymph was already made by him (see Perafrotydeus meyerae).