Trombicula akamushi

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Lep·to·trom·bid·i·um ak·a·mu·shi

one of two species, the other being Leptotrombidium deliensis (T. deliensis), implicated in the transmission of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, agent of tsutsugamushi disease in Japan and elsewhere in Asia; the larvae of these species are characteristic parasites of rodents, which therefore are reservoirs of human infections, although the mites themselves are also reservoirs, because their rickettsial parasites are transovarially transmitted from generation to generation (a requirement for transmission to humans as only larval mites feed parasitically and then only once in their lifetimes).
Synonym(s): Trombicula akamushi

Trombicula akamushi

A species that transmits the causative agent of scrub typhus.
See also: Trombicula


a genus of mites (family Trombiculidae), whose larvae are parasitic on all animal species and cause dermatitis. Some also transmit diseases from their natural hosts rodents to humans, e.g. scrub typhus. The larvae are also called chiggers.

Trombicula akamushi
transmits scrub typhus of humans.
Trombicula alfreddugesi
see eutrombiculaalfreddugesi.
Trombicula autumnalis
distinctively red mite found on all domestic animal species including poultry. Attacks humans. It causes dermatitis, e.g. between dog's claws and on the heels of horses. Called also harvest mite, aoutat, lepte automnale.
Trombicula batatas
causes dermatitis.
Trombicula delhiensis
transmits scrub typhus of humans from rodents.
Trombicula minor
the scrub-itch mite.
Trombicula sarcina
see eutrombiculasarcina.
Trombicula spendens
causes dermatitis.