New faunistic and taxonomic data on oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) of Malaysia


Two new species of oribatid mites (Oribatida) of the genera Arcoppia Hammer, 1977 (Oppiidae) and Oxyamerus Aoki, 1965 (Oxyameridae) are described from Malaysia. Arcoppia malaysiaensis sp. n. differs from Arcoppia kaindicola by smaller body size and by the presence of long, blunt-ended interlamellar setae, well-developed notogastral setae c and long notogastral setae lm. Oxyamerus niedbalai sp. n. differs from all species of Oxyamerus by the presence of long and thick notogastral setae c. Twenty three oribatid species are recorded in Malaysia for the first time.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6


  1. Aoki J (1965) Oribatiden (Acarina) Thailands. I. Nature and Life in Southeast Asia 4:129–193

    Google Scholar 

  2. Aoki J (1976) Oribatid mites from the IBP study area, Pasoh Forest reserve, West Malaysia. Nature and Life in Southeast Asia 7:39–59

    Google Scholar 

  3. Balogh J, Balogh P (1986) New oribatids (Acari) from New Guinea. III. Acta Zool Hung 32(1–2):35–60

    Google Scholar 

  4. Ermilov SG (2016) Additions to the oribatid mite fauna of Malaysia, with description of a new species of the genus Lohmannia (Acari, Oribatida, Lohmanniidae). Acarina 24(2):159–165.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Ermilov SG, Corpuz-Raros L (2017) New aeeroid mites (Acari, Oribatida) from the Philippines. Syst Appl Acarol 22(7):1069–1086.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Hammer M (1977) Investigations on the oribatid fauna of north-West Pakistan. Det Kong Dansk Vidensk Selsk Biol Skr 21(4):1–71

    Google Scholar 

  7. Mahunka S (1987) Neue und interessante Milben aus dem Genfer museum LX. Oribatids from Sabah (East Malaysia) II. (Acari: Oribatida). Rev Suisse Zool 94(4):765–817

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Mahunka S (1995) Oribatids from Sabah, East Malaysia (Acari: Oribatida, Parakalummoidea, n. stat. and Galumnoidea). Trop Zool 8:269–308

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Mahunka S (2000) Oribatids from Sabah (East Malaysia) VIII (Acari: Oribatida: Dampfiellidae and Otocepheidae). (Acarologica Genavensia LXXXVI). Rev Suisse Zool 107(4):675–720

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Norton RA (1977) A review of F. Grandjean's system of leg chaetotaxy in the Oribatei (Acari) and its application to the family Damaeidae. In: Dindal DL (ed) Biology of oribatid mites. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, pp 33–61

    Google Scholar 

  11. Norton RA, Behan-Pelletier VM (2009) Suborder Oribatida. Chapter 15. In: Krantz GW, Walter DE (eds) A manual of acarology. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, pp 430–564

    Google Scholar 

  12. Rodríguez P, Subías LS (1984) El género Arcoppia Hammer, 1977 (Acari, Oribatida, Oppiidae). Rev Esp Entomol 60:281–321

    Google Scholar 

  13. Subías LS (2004) Listado sistemático, sinonímico y biogeográfico de los Ácaros Oribátidos (Acariformes, Oribatida) del mundo (1758–2002). Graellsia 60(número extraordinario):3–305 (Actualizado en junio de 2006, en abril de 2007, en mayo de 2008, en abril de 2009, en julio de 2010, en febrero de 2011, en abril de 2012, en mayo de 2013, en febrero de 2014, en marzo de 2015, en febrero 2016, en febrero de 2017, en enero de 2018 y en marzo de 2019. Internet). Available from: (accessed March 2019)

  14. Travé J, Vachon M (1975) François Grandjean. 1882–1975 (Notice biographique et bibliographique). Acarologia 17(1):1–19

    PubMed  Google Scholar 

Download references


We cordially thank Dr. Elizabeth A. Hugo-Coetzee (National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa) and one anonymous reviewer for the valuable comments; Drs E. Jendek and O. Šauša who collected the oribatid mites; and the Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, which kindly provided material for our study. This paper was partially supported by the project VEGA 2/0139/17.

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sergey G. Ermilov.

Ethics declarations

Conflict of interests

No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

Additional information

Publisher’s note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Ermilov, S.G., Kalúz, S. New faunistic and taxonomic data on oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) of Malaysia. Biologia 75, 1601–1611 (2020).

Download citation


  • Mites
  • Fauna
  • Morphology
  • Systematics
  • Arcoppia
  • Oxyamerus
  • Oriental region