Taxonavigation edit

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: Afrotydeus
Species (5): A. flabelliferus – A. kenyensis – A. novaezealandiae – A. smileyi – A. zairensis

Name edit

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

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Afrotydeus Baker, 1970

  • Original status: subgenus
  • Gender: masculine
  • Type species: Tydeus munsteri by original designation (Baker, 1970: 165)

Synonyms edit

  • Tydeus: Tydeus munsteri, original combination used by Meyer & Ryke (1959)
  • Tydeus (Afrotydeus), subgenus proposed by Baker (1970)
  • Afrotydeus, genus rank proposed by André (1980: 107)

Notes edit

  • Afrotydeus was erected by Baker (1970) as subgenus of Tydeus to accommodate three species: munsteri, kenyensis, and meyerae. These three species exhibit three different leg chaetotaxies.
  • The subgenus was raised to full genus rank by André (1980: 106–107).
  • The type species is not kenyensis as erroneously indicated by André (1980: 107) and Kaźmierski (1998: 354).
  • The genus is listed by Silva et al. (2016: 8).


  • The type species, T. munsteri, would have 12 genitals and not 8 as described by Baker (1970). In other words, the type species would have the same chaetotaxy as that of Tydeus (see Tydeus munsteri for further information).
  • The species currently included in the genus Afrotydeus might remain together in a new genus with a similar name (e.g. Afritydeus) and with Afrotydeus kenyensis as the type species. This will remove any ambiguities regarding the type-species and accord with ICZN.

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