Crotoniidae

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Crotoniidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Acariformes
Order: Oribatida
Suborder: Desmonomata
Superfamily: Crotonioidea
Family: Crotoniidae
Thorell, 1876
Species

See text.

Diversity
2 genera, c. 40 species
Synonyms

Crotonidae
Holonothridae

Crotoniidae are a family of mites of the Desmonomata group that may be the first animal lineage to have abandoned sexual reproduction and then reevolved it. This is a spectacular case of atavism, and later convergent evolution.[1]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Norton, R. (2007), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 24, cited in Science News, vol. 171, p. 302

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