Sarcoptidae (vertebr. parasites)

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Scanning electron micrographs of female Sarcoptes scabiei buried in skin of a dog (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Larry G. Arlian and Marjorie S. Morgan
Source: Parasites and Vectors (2017), vol. 10, art. 297

Sarcoptidae (vertebr. parasites)

This family of small mites contains more than 100 ectoparasitic species, including the scabies mite. They burrow into the skin of their hosts. The legs do not have claws but suckers at the end for attachment. The coxae of the legs are imbedded in the body. Transfer to a new host occurs mainly during contact.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Sarcoptidae (vertebr. parasites):