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.

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

The following families are currently included under this group: