Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Family OTOCEPHEIDAE Balogh, 1961


The Otocepheidae is a very large family, which includes 43 genera and 408 species world-wide (Schatz et al. 2011). The Australian fauna is poorly known, and includes only five genera and nine species, as well as a number of records of unidentified species. The most important contribution to the Australian fauna was by Balogh & Balogh (1983a, 1983b), who described six of the nine species, from rainforest litter in Queensland and New South Wales. Mites in this family are especially abundant in wet microhabitats in tropical regions, including leaf litter, moss, and wet rotting wood (Norton & Behan-Pelletier 2009).


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-May-2013 07-May-2013 MODIFIED
07-May-2013 07-Aug-2012 MOVED
07-May-2013 28-Jul-2010 MOVED
07-May-2013 28-Jul-2010 MOVED
08-Jul-2010 MODIFIED