Noun Acarina Definition and Examples


Noun:

Acarina

Pronunciation:

/əˈkɑːri/

Definition:
1.

plural noun

A large order (or subclass) of small arachnids which comprises the mites and ticks. They are distinguished by an apparent lack of body divisions.
  1. 'The second most common taxon was Acarina, which was most common in pond-side arrays.'
  2. 'Over 45,000 arthropods were collected from 55 plants (5 plants from each of 11 sites), dominated numerically by Acari and Thysanoptera.'
  3. 'For example, red velvet mites, which can be up to 0.4 inches long - among the giants of the Acari - can be seen hunting on the ground or on tree trunks.'
  4. 'The Chelicerates include among their number both the tiniest (the microscopic Acari or mites) and the hugest (the giant Paleozoic Eurypterida) of all the Arthropoda.'
  5. 'The samples were dominated numerically by the Thysanoptera and Acari, accounting for over 90% of the arthropods from both leaf and stalk material.'
  6. 'The Acari (mites and ticks) are closest related to the Ricinulei or the ‘hooded-tickspiders,’ a group of nontoxic arachnids.'
  7. 'The communities were dominated numerically by Thysanoptera (leaves and stalks) and Acari, but other taxa including Heteroptera and Coleoptera were also relatively common.'
((n. pl.) The group of Arachnida which includes the mites and ticks. Many species are parasitic, and cause diseases like the itch and mange.)


Origin:
Modern Latin (plural), from acarus, from Greek akari ‘mite’.

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