Mesostigmata

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.

Mesostigmata
Temporal range: Palaeogene–present
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Varroa mite
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Parasitiformes
Order: Mesostigmata
Suborders

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

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

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

TaxonomyEdit

Monogynaspida


Sejina


Trigynaspida

OtherEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  • "Mesostigmata". Natureserve. Archived from the original on May 25, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2008.
  • Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog: Mesostigmata
  • NCBI: Mesostigmata

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