Acari: Limnic Acaridida (Astigmata)

  • Eberhard WurstEmail author
Part of the Süßwasserfauna von Mitteleuropa book series (424)


Mostly weakly sclerotized non-predatory mites with size range (adults) from 200 µm to 1800 µm. Movable coxae lacking in all instars; palps with maximally two movable podomeres; chelicerae in most families chelate, never sword-like or styletto-like; oviporus and copulatory opening two spatially separate body openings; males always with aedeagus; regularly two oil gland openings dorsally; life cycle comprising: egg (vivipary occurs), larva, protonymph, deutonymph (if present mostly facultative), tritonymph, adults; deutonymph missing (e. g. in all stationary parasites) or modified into an instar specialized for phoresy.


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  1. 1.Fachgebiet ParasitologieUniversität HohenheimStuttgartDeutschland

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