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Raoiella indica.jpg
Raoiella indica, an SEM image with false color
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Superfamily: Tetranychoidea
Family: Tenuipalpidae
Berlese, 1913
> 30 genera, > 780 species

Tenuipalpidae, also called flat mites or false spider mites, are a family of mites, closely related to the Tetranychidae. They are reddish and slow-moving and normally feed near the midrib or veins on the underside of leaves. Several species, among them Raoiella indica, are important crop pests. Other common species include Acaricis urigersoni and the Brevipalpus species B. phoenicis, B. californicus, B. obovatus, and B. lewisi.


The family includes the following genera:


  • Baker, Edward J.; Tuttle, Donald M. & Abbatiello, Michael J. (1975): The False Spider Mites of Northwestern and North Central Mexico (Acarina: Tenuipalpidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 194: 1-23.
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  • Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog: Tenuipalpidae
  • Mites and Ticks: A Virtual Introduction — Tenuipalpidae