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Order Acari - General introduction and key to the major groups

  • Reinhard GereckeEmail author
  • Gerd Weigmann
  • Andreas Wohltmann
  • Eberhard Wurst
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Zusammenfassung

Small to minute in size (body length in general 0.2-2.0 mm, in extreme cases 0.1-30 mm). The ancestral arachnid tagmata, the prosoma and the opisthosoma, not apparent as main body divisions (2-1). Opisthosoma completely fused to prosoma; body secondarily divided into: (1) the gnathosoma bearing as appendages the chelicerae and palps, formed in different kinds by the palp coxae and further sclerotized elements of the palp segment; (2) the idiosoma formed by fusion of the leg-bearing region (called podosoma) and the opisthosoma.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Gerecke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gerd Weigmann
    • 2
  • Andreas Wohltmann
    • 3
  • Eberhard Wurst
    • 4
  1. 1.TübingenDeutschland
  2. 2.Institut für BiologieFU BerlinBerlinDeutschland
  3. 3.Institut für ÖkologieUniversität BremenBremenDeutschland
  4. 4.Fachgebiet ParasitologieUniversität HohenheimStuttgartDeutschland

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