Demodex brevis

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Demodex brevis
Demodex Brevis.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Trombidiformes
Family: Demodecidae
Genus: Demodex
D. brevis
Binomial name
Demodex brevis
Akbulatova, 1963

Demodex brevis is one of the two species of face mite that inhabit humans (the other being Demodex folliculorum). They are very similar to Demodex folliculorum, with just a few differences. They are usually found in the sebaceous glands of the human body. The same way that D. folliculorum reproduces in the follicles, D. brevis reproduces in the sebaceous glands.[1] Under normal conditions they are not harmful, and are considered to be commensals (the mite benefits but there is no harm or benefit to the host) rather than parasites (where the host is harmed) or mutualistic organisms (where the host is benefitted). During a severe infestation, though, there may be adverse effects on the host, such as demodicosis.


  1. ^ "Demodex brevis". Zipcode Zoo. April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2010.