family of arachnids
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The Eriophyidae or gall mites are a family of mites. They are plant parasites and produce galls.[1]

Temporal range: Palaeogene–present
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Eriophyes tiliae tiliae galls
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Superfamily: Eriophyoidea
Family: Eriophyidae
Nalepa, 1898
> 240 genera, > 3,500 species

The mites can cause severe damage to the host plant. They have only two pairs of legs and are very small, 0.08 mm - 0.3 mm.[2] The gut is straight, there are no outgrowths of the gut. They have no heart or circulatory system.[1]

Some generaEdit

There about 270 genera and over 3000 species.[3]

Some examples:

Other websitesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Storch, Volker & Welsch, Ulrich 1997. Systematische Zoologie. Fischer. ISBN 3-437-25160-0
  2. Füller, Horst et al 1994. Urania Tierreich - Wirbellose Tiere 2. Leipzig & Jena: Urania-Verlag, 70 & 88. ISBN 3-332-00502-2
  3. Zhang, Z.-Q. (ed) 2013. Animal biodiversity: an outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Addenda, p129. Link