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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Subclassis: Acari
Superordo: Acariformes
Ordo: Oribatida
Infraordo: Desmonomata
Cohort: Astigmata
Subordo: Acaridia
Superfamilia: Histiostomatoidea

Familia: Histiostomatidae
Genera (56): Ameranoetus – Amyzanoetus – Ancyranoetus – Anoetoglyphus – Anoetus – Aphodanoetus – Auricanoetus – Austranoetus – Bothyanoetus – Capronomoia – Cederhjelmia – Ceylanoetus – Chiloanoetus – Chiropteranoetus – Conglanoetus – Copronomoia – Creutzeria – Curculanoetus – Fibulanoetus – Ghanoetus – Glyphanoetus – Histiostoma – Hormosianoetus – Hymenanoetus – Insulanoetus – Kaszabanoetus – Loxanoetus – Momorangia – Munduytia – Myianoetus – Nepenthacarus – Otanoetus – Ovanoetus – Peripatetes – Porrhanoetus – Probonomoia – Prowichmannia – Psyllanoetus – Pteranoetus – Rhaphidothrix – Rhopalanoetus – Richardanoetus – Sarraceniopus – Scheucheria – Scolianoetus – Scutanoetus – Seliea – Semianoetus – Spinanoetus – Stercoranoetus – Synanoetus – Syringanoetus – Teinokyra – Traskorchestianoetus – Xenanoetus – Zwickia

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Histiostomatidae Berlese, 1897


Anoetidae Oudemans, 1904


Fain, A.; Colloff, M.J. 1990: A new genus and two new species of mites (Acari, Histiostomatidae) phoretic on Traskorchestia traskiana (Stimpson, 1857) (Crustacea, Amphipoda) from Canada. Journal of natural history, 24: 667–672. DOI: 10.1516/V122-M54V-1748-H65X
Fain, A.; Santiago-Blay, J.A. 1993: A new genus and two new species of mites (Acari) phoretic or parasitic on Neotropical Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera). Acarologia (Paris), 34(4): 337–343.
Qin, T.-K.; Rohitha, B.H. 1996: The astigmatid mite Histiostoma feroniarum (Acari: Astigmata: Histiostomatidae) in New Zealand. New Zealand entomologist, 19: 65–69. PDF

Selected links

Oconnor, B.M. (coordinator): Histiostomatidae Species Listing in SYNOPSIS OF THE DESCRIBED ASTIGMATA OF THE WORLD
Wirth S. 2004: Phylogeny, biology and character transformations of the Histiostomatidae (Acari, Astigmata). Doctoral Thesis for Ph.D. Internet Publication, URL:

Histiostomatidae is a family of mites in the clade Astigmata.[1]

These mites are characterized by a very small size (about 600–900 µm in length) and a close association to arthropods, mainly insects. A morphologically specialized instar, the deutonymph (earlier "hypopus"), is adapted to attach to arthropods for phoretic transport from one habitat to another. The mites use various insect groups as phoretic carriers[2][3] such as beetles, flies and Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps). In all species, the digitus mobilis of the chelicera is reduced to small rests, and the distal pedipalp article is connected to a more or less complex membranous structure. These mouthpart modifications form an organ to feed on bacteria.[4]

Habitats colonized by these mites include animal dung, compost,[2] water-filled tree hollows and the fluids of Nepenthes and Sarracenia pitcher plants.[5]

The family contains the following genera:[6]

Ameranoetus G. S. Ide & S. Mahunka, 1978
Amyzanoetus Fain, 1976
Ancyranoetus Fain & J. A. Santiago-Blay, 1993
Anoetoglyphus Vitzthum, 1927
Anoetus Dujardin, 1842
Aphodanoetus M. G. H. Bongers, B. M. OConnor & F. S. Lukoschus, 1985
Auricanoetus Fain & Zumpt, 1974
Austranoetus Fain, 1976
Bothyanoetus Fain & A. M. Camerik, 1978
Capronomoia Mahunka, 1976
Cederhjelmia Oudemans, 1931
Ceylanoetus Mahunka, 1974
Chiloanoetus Fain, 1974
Chiropteranoetus Womersley, 1942
Conglanoetus S. Mahunka, 1978
Copronomoia Mahunka, 1976
Creutzeria Oudemans, 1932
Curculanoetus Fain, 1974
Fibulanoetus Mahunka, 1973
Ghanoetus Mahunka, 1973
Glyphanoetus Oudemans, 1929
Histiostoma Kramer, 1876
Hormosianoetus Fain, 1980
Hymenanoetus Mahunka, 1963
Insulanoetus Sevastyanov, 1973
Kaszabanoetus Mahunka, 1976
Loxanoetus Fain, 1970
Momorangia Southcott, 1972
Munduytia Oudemans, 1929
Myianoetus Oudemans, 1929
Nepenthacarus Fashing, 2002
Otanoetus Fain & Zumpt, 1974
Ovanoetus Fain & J. L. van Goethem, 1985
Peripatetes Mahunka, 1976
Porrhanoetus Mahunka, 1963
Probonomoia Fain & G. Rack, 1987
Prowichmannia Radford, 1950
Psyllanoetus Fain & Beaucournu, 1974
Pteranoetus S. Mahunka, 1978
Rhaphidothrix Mahunka, 1967
Rhopalanoetus Scheucher in Stammer, 1957
Richardanoetus K. Samsinak, 1989
Sarraceniopus N. J. Fashing & B. M. OConnor, 1984
Scheucheria Mahunka, 1969
Scolianoetus Fain, 1974
Scutanoetus Mahunka, 1969
Seliea Oudemans, 1929
Semianoetus Mahunka, 1976
Spinanoetus Scheucher in Stammer, 1957
Stercoranoetus S. Mahunka & L. Mahunka-Papp, 1991
Synanoetus Mahunka, 1972
Syringanoetus Fain, 1980
Teinokyra Mahunka, 1973
Traskorchestianoetus Fain & M. J. Colloff, 1990
Xenanoetus Mahunka, 1969
Zwickia Oudemans, 1924


B. M. OConnor (1981). A systematic revision of the family-group taxa in the non-psoroptid Astigmata (Acari, Acariformes) (Ph.D. thesis). University of Michigan.
R. Scheucher (1957). "Systematik und Ökologie der deutschen Anoetinen". Beiträge zur Systematik und Ökologie mitteleuropäischer Acarina (in German). 1: 233–384.
R. D. Hughes & C. G. Jackson (1958). "A review of the Anoetidae (Acari)". Virginia Journal of Science. 9: 5–198.
Stefan Wirth (2004). Phylogeny, biology and character transformations of the Histiostomatidae (Acari, Astigmata) (Ph.D. thesis). Freie Universität Berlin.
Norman J. Fashing (2002). "Nepenthacarus, a new genus of Histiostomatidae (Acari) inhabiting the pitchers of Nepenthes mirabilis (Lour.) Druce in Far North Queensland, Australia" (PDF). Australian Journal of Entomology. 41: 2–11.
"Histiostomatidae Berlese, 1897". Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog. Texas A&M University. Archived from the original on November 16, 2004. Retrieved May 4, 2013.


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