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Order Astigmata - Astigs

mites on an ant Histiostoma Phoretic Deutonymphs - Histiostoma Passengers mite Mite mite - Tyrophagus mite - Tyrophagus blue orchard bee mite - Chaetodactylus krombeini
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Acariformes
Order Astigmata (Astigs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
treated in Oribatida: Desmonomata in(1)
Size
0.15 mm to 2 mm long
Remarks
A number of families of Astigmata include obligate bee-associates. In every case where life cycles are known, the habitat for the feeding stages of the mites is the nest of the bee.
Contains many species of concern that are pests in homes and stored products
See Also
Palaeosomatides and Parhyposomatides have prodorsal trichobothria.
Works Cited
1.Suborder Oribatida van der Hammen, 1968. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Schatz H., Behan-Pelletier V.M., O'Connor B.M., Norton R.A. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 141–148.