Eaelaimi mites

These brown mites are ectoparasites of insects or mammals. The former have weak, hairlike structures on the body. In the latter, these are spinier, helping the mites cling to their hosts. The dorsal plate is not divided in two, as it is in some mites.

• I Jl I CYCLE Males transfer sperm to females with their chelicerae. Many species feed on the lymph or blood of mammals and lay eggs in the host's nest or burrow. Some produce live larvae.

• ()< :ci RRENCE Worldwide. In a wide variety of habitats: in poultry houses, the nests of small animals, and ant colonics, and in thing, tidal debris, and stored produce.

• RliMAKk Many species transmit disease.

monthparts hidden by dorsal plate _

cot/Spit 'NOUS, flat, dorsal plate small bumps around margin monthparts hidden by dorsal plate _

cot/Spit 'NOUS, flat, dorsal plate small bumps around margin

• head end narrower than rear end

llARMOIARIARS (ilASGOWl is widespread on rats. It can transmit the virus that causes epidemic hemorrhagic fever between rats and other rodents and possibly also humans.

Length yM_yu;in (0.5-5mm), most under Yitin (2mm)

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0rder Acari

Family microtrombidiidak

No. of species c^qq

yellow-cream /Jtttj^

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M icrotrombidiids are usually brown and densely hairy. The legs have six segments and the front of the dorsal plate always carries two pairs of eyes.

• I J EE CYCIT These mites parasitize other arthropods. The females lay up to 4,000 eggs in soil, and their hatched larvae feed off a suitable host. The larvae then molt into nymphs, eat insect eggs that they find in the soil, and develop into adults.

• ()( X :t JRRENC:E Worldwide. In pedipalp various habitats, especially dry, sandy, or scmiarid areas.

yellow-cream /Jtttj^

soft, velvety hair + Underside

1,1 IROMIHDII M SPE(:n:s, like the one-shown here, are usually found on the body surface of praying mantids, crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts.

Length yM_ylh¡n (0.5-2mm)

Feeding habits ^

0rder Acari

Family pARASl | idae

No. of species ^75

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