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Family Parasitidae

mite Predatory Mite - Pergamasus Mite Id Mites on Beetle - Poecilochirus phoretic mites on Sexton Beetle - Poecilochirus Acari 4 Parasitidae Nicrophorus nigrita with mites - Poecilochirus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Parasitiformes
Order Mesostigmata (mesostigs)
Suborder Parasitina
Superfamily Parasitoidea
Family Parasitidae
Numbers
>360 spp. in 32 genera worldwide(1)
Remarks
Very common in decaying organic materials, where they prey on nematodes and fly larvae. [comment by Barry M. O'Connor]
Many are phoretic mites that hitch a ride on some kind of insect.