Trombiculidae


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Trombiculidae

 [trom-bik´u-li″de]
a family of mites cosmopolitan in distribution, whose parasitic larvae (chiggers) infest vertebrates. The most common genus is trombicula.

Trom·bic·u·li·dae

(trom-bik'yū-lī'dē),
A family of mites the larvae of which (redbugs, rougets, harvest mites, scrub mites, or chiggers) are parasitic on vertebrates; its nymphs and adults are bright red and free-living, living on insect eggs or minute organisms in the soil. The six-legged larvae are barely visible red or orange parasites that attach to the skin for a few days to a month, producing an exceedingly irritating reaction. In Asia, trombiculid chiggers of the genus Leptotrombidium transmit tsutsugamushi disease, caused by Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, which is transovarially transmitted in these mites.

Trombiculidae

/Trom·bic·u·li·dae/ (-de) a family of mites cosmopolitan in distribution, whose parasitic larvae (chiggers) infest vertebrates.

Trombiculidae

[trom′bikyo̅o̅′lidē]
a family of mites, including harvest mites, red bugs, and chiggers. The larvae are parasitic and the adults are free-living. The mites are disease vectors of typhus, rickettsiae, scrub itch, tsutsugamushi disease, and other infections.

Trom·bic·u·li·dae

(trom-bik'yū-lī'dē)
A family of mites with larvae (red bugs, rougets, harvest mites, scrub mites, or chiggers) that are parasitic on vertebrates; its nymphs and adults are bright red and free living, existing on insect eggs or minute organisms in the soil. The six-legged larvae are barely visible red or orange parasites that attach to the skin for a few days to a month, producing an exceedingly irritating reaction. Chiggers of the genus Leptotrombidium transmit tsutsugamushi disease, caused by Rickettsia tsutsugamushi.