Cheyletidae is a family of mites in the order Trombidiformes. Some members are parasites of birds and mammals, causing cheyletiellosis, or "walking dandruff". Others are free-ranging predators which can be found in soil, forest litter, animal nests, and house dust, under tree bark, and on foliage.[2]

Temporal range: Cretaceous–present
"Cheyletiella" sp.
Cheyletiella sp.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Actinedida
Family: Cheyletidae
Leach, 1815
c. 80 genera, > 500 species


  1. ^ Xia, B., Klompen, H., & Childers, C.C. (2011). "A new genus and species of Cheyletidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata) from citrus trees in Florida." Zootaxa 2796: 29-36.
  2. ^ UMMZ: Family Cheyletidae Leach, 1815

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