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Ticks and Mites (subclass Acari, class Arachnida, subphylum Chelicerata, phylum Arthropoda, kingdom Animalia)
Ticks (family Ixodidae, suborder Ixodides, order Ixodida, superorder Parasitiformes)
Mesostigmatan Mites (order Mesostigmata, superorder Parasitiformes)
Mites (superorder Acariformes)
The classification of these mites is complex and fraught with controversy, explained by Zip Code Zoo's Actinedida Page. The details applying to this page will be worked out later.
Velvet Mites (Trombidium holosericeum, family Trombidiidae, order Trombidiformes or Actinedida)
These animals are predators as adults, on the prowl for really tiny arthropods, as is illustrated below. The microscopic youngest ones are popularly known as "chiggers," and are parasites of a variety of mammalisn species, including humans, and cause much itching misery and some scarring in the American South.
Whirligig Mites (family Anystidae, order Trombidiformes or Actinedida)
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