Dermanyssus (genus)

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Dermanyssus Dugès, 1834

The mite genus Dermanyssus contains more than 20 species of blood-feeding mites which are ectoparasites of birds. Most species are not hosts specific and might also feed on rodents and even humans. Economically the most important species is the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae which has a world-wide distribution. The genus is characterized by having 2 setae on genu IV and a crescent-shaped sternal shield.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: