Mahunka, S., 1986, A survey of the family Carabodidae C. L. Koch, 1836 (Acari: Oribatida), Acta Zoologica Hungarica 32, pp. 73-135: 103-105

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Spathulocepheus  Balogh et Mahunka, 1969 (Figs 64-66, 104)

Balogh et Mahunka, 1969: 9.

Prodorsum: With strong transversal interlamellar apophysis, interlamellar setae arising on its surface. Lamellae blunt, lamellar setae arising on the truncate lamellar apex. Rostral setae arising behind them in interlamellar position. Sensillus long, with a small, dilated and laminate head.

Notogaster: Dorsosejugal suture indistinct medially, a deep hollow present in the dorsosejugal region. Notogaster with a high transversal elevation medially, six pairs of the ten notogastral setae arising on it. Other four pairs standing in posteromarginal position.

Coxisternal region: Apodemes and epimeral borders weakly developed, all epimeral fields open medially. A strong annulate apodeme visible behind the mentum. Epimeral setal formula: 2 —1—3— 3, setae la represented only by minute alveoli. In front of the genital aperture a hollow present.

Anogenital region: Genital and anal apertures framed by strong laths, a weaker and shorter longitudinal ones present laterally. Anogenital setal formula: 10 —1—2— 3. Genital and aggenital setae pilose, adanal setae phylliform. Anal setae spiniform. Lyrifissure iad (?) situated posteriorly, hardly observable. Anal plates with short but sharp spines posteromedially.

Type species: Spathulocepheus amazonicus  Balogh et Mahunka, 1969. Brazil.