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Psoroptes cuniculi
(Sarcoptoidea: Psoroptidae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Sarcoptiformes
Suborder: Psoroptidia
Yunker, 1955

Psoroptidia is a suborder of the Acari (mite) group Astigmatina. It comprises around 40 families, and apparently originated as parasites of birds, before a secondary radiation saw some taxa become parasites of mammals.[1] Because of their parasitic lifestyle, members of the Psoroptidia do not exhibit a deutonymph stage.[2]

The group contains many of the more notorious parasitic members of the Astigmata. Three of the superfamilies in this clade are among those Acarina collectively called feather mites, whereas the fourth and fifth – Psoroptoidea and Pyroglyphoidea – contains ear mites and scabies mites among others.


  1. ^ Barry M. OConnor (1994). "Life-history modifications in astigmatid mites". In Marilyn A. Houck. Mites: Ecological and Evolutionary Analyses of Life-history Patterns. Springer. pp. 136–159. ISBN 978-0-412-02991-2. 
  2. ^ Matthew J. Colloff (2009). "Identification and taxonomy, classification and phylogeny". Dust Mites. Springer. pp. 1–44. ISBN 978-90-481-2223-3. 

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