Tetranychinae

Belongs within: Tetranychoidea.Contains: Tetranychus, Eotetranychus, Oligonychus. The Tetranychinae are a group of spider mites characterised by the absence of tenent hairs on the empodium, or the absence of the empodium itself (Baker & Tuttle 1972). Within tetranychines, closely associated duplex setae are present on the first two leg tarsi of the Tetranychini and Tenuipalpoidini but these… Continue reading Tetranychinae

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Erythracarus

Belongs within: Erythracarinae. Erythracarus is a cosmopolitan genus of predatory mites distinguished from closely related genera by having widely spaced setae ve on the prodorsum, and having an elongated finger-like projection on the palptibia. In members of the E. pyrrholeucus group (E. festinus to E. katherinae in the tree below), tarsi I and II are… Continue reading Erythracarus

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Caeculidae

Belongs within: Anystina.Contains: Microcaeculus, Allocaeculus. The Caeculidae, rake-legged mites, are a group of large, heavily sclerotised, predatory mites with large spine-like setae on the legs (particularly the first) that are used in the capture of prey. Meet Australia’s newest rake-legged mite Published 20 December 2013 Taylor, C. K., N. R. Gunawardene & A. Kinnear. 2013.… Continue reading Caeculidae

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Cheyletini

Belongs within: Cheyletidae.Contains: Cheyletus. The Cheyletini is a group of predatory mites found free-living or in association with animal nests. The group is characterised by plesiomorphic characters for the family Cheyletidae and is potentially paraphyletic with regard to other subgroups of the family. The southern Asian genus Hylopecheyla is parasitic, found in association with squirrels… Continue reading Cheyletini

Tenuipalpidae

Belongs within: Tetranychoidea.Contains: Tenuipalpus, Brevipalpus, Aegyptobia. The Tenuipalpidae, false spider mites, are a group of slow-moving phytophagous mites characterised by reduction of the palp and loss of the thumb-claw complex. Some species are economically significant pests. They are most diverse in tropical and subtropical regions though some tropical species have become more widespread in greenhouses… Continue reading Tenuipalpidae

Tarsonemidae

Belongs within: Eleutherengonides.Contains: Tarsoneminae. The Tarsonemidae are a family of mites of diverse habits, many of which are phoretic on insects as adult females. Some species of tarsonemid are economically significant phytophages. Members of the subfamily Acarapinae are parasitic at all stages of the life cycle on adult insects. The Pseudotarsonemoidinae, characterised by the presence… Continue reading Tarsonemidae

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Tetranychoidea

Belongs within: Eleutherengonides.Contains: Tetranychinae, Bryobiinae, Tenuipalpidae, Tuckerella. The Tetranychoidea is a group of small plant-feeding mites, including the spider mites (Tetranychidae) and related tax. Members of this group are characterised by the modification of the chelicerae into elongate, retractable stylets that form a single hollow tube when protruded, allowing the mite to penetrate the outer… Continue reading Tetranychoidea

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Cheyletiellidae

Belongs within: Cheyletidae.Contains: Ornithocheyletiini. The Cheyletiellidae have been recognised as a family of mites parasitic on birds and mammals. They are currently recognised as a derived and possibly non-monophyletic subgroup of the otherwise predatory Cheyletidae (Bochkov & Fain 2001). Species of Criokeron and Niheliini are parasites on the hair or skin of mammals and bear… Continue reading Cheyletiellidae

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