Principles of acarology
The Acari, comprising mites and ticks, form one of the largest and biologically most diverse groups of the Arachnida. They are worldwide in distribution and rival the insects in the extent to which they have successfully colonized terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Some are significant crop pests, while ticks are parasites on a wide range of vertebrate hosts. This diversity of modes of life is reflected in their morphology and life-history strategies.
This book provideds a detailed introduction to the Acari, concentrating on their functional morphology, but also covering their classification and economic importance. It will serve as a text and reference for acarologists and advanced-level students taking courses in general entomology (which traditionally include acarology), invertebrate zoology, and agricultural, medical and veterinary 'entomology.'
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Acari Actinotrichida adult Akimov Alberti anal apodeme appear argasoids arthropods Astigmata atrium attached basal base Bdellidae body caeca canal cavity cells chaetotaxy chelicerae claws comprising considered coxae coxal glands cuticle cuticular cytoplasm dendrites Dermanyssina deuteronymph distal duct Endeostigmata Erythraeidae Euoribatida Evans feeding female femur fixed digit function genital orifice genus gnathosoma Grandjean groove Hammen Holothyrida host hypostome hysterosoma idiosoma ingested inserting instars Ixodida ixodoid ticks labrum larva lateral layer lumen male membrane Mesostigmata microvilli mid-gut mites movable digit Notostigmata nymphal nymphs occur opisthosoma organ Oribatida pair of legs Parasitengona parasitic Parasitina pedipalps peritreme pharynx Phytoseiidae podocephalic podomeres pore postcolon posterior pre-oral present prosoma Prostigmata protonymph region respiratory salivary glands Sarcoptiformes sclerotized secretion segments sensilli setae shield species sperm spermatophore stases structure stylets subcapitulum subcheliceral plate synganglion tarsus taxa Tetranychidae tibia tissue tracheal system tracheal trunks trochanter tubule Uropodina usually ventral ventriculus wall Woodring