Belongs within: Psoroptidia. The Pterolichidae are a group of astigmatine mites found living in the feather vanes of a range of bird orders. Females either have the legs inserted laterally or have anterior tarsi less than twice the length of the tibiae, and lack ad setae. A little piece of feathery paradise Published 13 June… Continue reading Pterolichidae


Belongs within: Acaroidea.Contains: Acarus, Rhizoglyphinae. The Acaridae are a diverse group of often generalised astigmatan mites. Many species are insect associates with a phoretic hypopus (deutonymph) stage in the life cycle (Philips 1990). Members of the basal subfamily Acarinae appear to be vertebrate nidicoles (i.e. living in vertebrate nesting structures such as nests, burrows or… Continue reading Acaridae


Belongs within: Oribatulidae. Phauloppia is a cosmopolitan genus of oribatid mites with a thin lamella and lacking pteromorphs. The type species P. lucorum is Holarctic in distribution with records particularly abundant in the western Palaearctic (Subías 2004). Characters (from Kim et al. 2016): Adult relatively large in size; lamella very thin, located in the middle… Continue reading Phauloppia


Belongs within: Psoroptidia.Contains: Alloptidae, Avenzoariidae, Pteronyssidae, Proctophyllodidae, Sarcoptoidea, Pyroglyphidae, Turbinoptidae, Xolalgidae, Analgidae. The Analgoidea are a group of astigmatan mites usually found as parasites or paraphages of birds, more rarely as nidicoles or in synanthropic habitats (OConnor 2009). They are closely related to the mammal-associated Sarcoptoidea and may possibly be paraphyletic to the latter group. A… Continue reading Analgoidea


Belongs within: Poronoticae.Contains: Halozetes. The Ameronothroidea are a group of mostly semi-aquatic oribatid mites, inhabiting locations such as ephemeral rock pools or intertidal littoral zones. Gas exchange may be facilitated during immersion by a cerotegumental plastron and/or taenidia and tecta in the pleural region. Some species of Ameronothridae are noteworthy for being found in extreme… Continue reading Ameronothroidea


Belongs within: Ptyctima.Contains: Phthiracarus (Phthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Archiphthiracarus), Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus), Hoplophthiracarus, Steganacarus, Notophthiracarus, Atropacarus. The Phthiracaridae are a group of box mites with a broad anogenital region, with an articulating cuticle between the anogenital region and an overhanging tectum of the notogaster. This articulation presumably allows the anogenital region to be lowered, expanding the effective volume… Continue reading Phthiracaridae

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Belongs within: Phthiracaridae. Notophthiracarus is a genus of ptyctimous oribatid mites that is particularly diverse in the Oriental and Australasian regions. Members of the subgenus Notophthiracarus sensu stricto have the genital setae arranged in a single longitudinal row along the inner margin of the genital plates but two such rows are present in Calyptophthiracarus. In… Continue reading Notophthiracarus

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Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus)

Belongs within: Phthiracaridae. The subgenus Neophthiracarus of the genus Phthiracarus is a pantropical and subtropical group of phthiracaroid mites exhibiting ano-adanal neotrichy. The majority of known species have been described from Australasia and South America; a small number have been described from southern and eastern Asia and one species P. anosculpturatus is known from Kenya… Continue reading Phthiracarus (Neophthiracarus)

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Belongs within: Holonota.Contains: Histiostomatidae, Canestrinioidea, Hemisarcoptoidea, Acaroidea, Hypoderatidae, Psoroptidia, Glycyphagidae. The Astigmatina are a group of soft-bodied mites lacking respiratory tracheae (Philips 1990). Many have rapid life cycles, and may be significant scavengers of decomposing matter. Most astigmatines (excluding the vertebrate-associated Psoroptidia) have a modified non-feeding deutonymph (hypopus) stage in the life cycle that is… Continue reading Astigmatina


Belongs within: Astigmatina.Contains: Acaridae. The Acaroidea are a group of mites commonly associated with nests of vertebrates or Hymenoptera though members of the family Acaridae have become more diverse in habits. Females of the Acaroidea have a strongly folded pseudovipositor that they use in egg deposition (OConnor 2009). Species of Lardoglyphus are best known as… Continue reading Acaroidea