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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Tetranychinae

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Acariformes
Order Trombidiformes
Suborder Prostigmata (prostigs)
Infraorder Eleutherengona
No Taxon (Raphignathina)
Superfamily Tetranychoidea
Family Tetranychidae (Spider Mites)
Subfamily Tetranychinae
These mites have spinnerets on the palps, not homologous to spider spinnerets, and spin webs. "Production of webbing serves a variety of functions, including protecting the eggs, locating members of the opposite sex, dispersal, and protecting populations against adverse environmental factors and natural enemies."(1)
Works Cited
1.A manual of acarology, 3rd Ed.
G.W. Krantz and D.E. Walter. 2009. Texas Tech University Press.