Astigmata (plant parasitic and storage mites)

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Rhizoglyphus echinopus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Caroline Harding, MPI
Source: PaDIL

Astigmata (plant parasitic and storage mites)

This group of small mites (often less than 1 mm large) contains various ectoparasitic pests. Others are beneficial as predators of other mites. A number of species are storage pests or plant parasites. These include, for example, the flour mite or the mould mite.

The species have 8 legs, are weakly sclerotized and lack spiracles or tracheae. The development includes the egg, protonymph, deutonymph and tritonymph stages.

Note:
This page deals only with plant parasitic and storage pests. For other groups see:


The following families are currently included under this group: