Mesostigmata

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Mesostigmata
Varroa Mite.jpg
Varroa mite
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Parasitiformes
Order: Mesostigmata
Suborders

Heatherellina
Sejina
Arctacarina
Microgyniina
Epicriina
Uropodina
Diarthrophallina
Cercomegistina
Antennophorina
Parasitina
Dermanyssina
Heterozerconina

Diversity
c. 100 families, 900 genera, > 8,000 species

Mesostigmata is an order of mites belonging to the Parasitiformes. Unlike most members of that group, many of these mites are not parasitic but free-living and predatory. They can be recognized by the single pair of spiracles positioned laterally on the body.

The family with the most described species is Phytoseiidae. Other families of note are Diplogyniidae, Macrochelidae, Pachylaelapidae, Uropodidae and Veigaiaidae.

Taxonomy[edit]

Monogynaspida
  • Sejina (10 genera, 59 species)
Trigynaspida

Other[edit]

Meliponopus palpifer Fain & Flechtmann, 1985 has not yet been placed into a family.

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