Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) comprise approximately 5000 named species, leading to the most species-rich superfamily in the Acari. They are strictly herbivorous with a high level of host specificity, reflecting 89% of these mites attack only one or two congeneric host species (Yin et al., 2022).
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Xue, X.-F., Yao, L.-F., Yin, Y., Liu, Q., Li, N., Hoffmann, A.A., Sun, J.-T. & Hong, X.-Y. (2022). Macroevolutionary analyses point to a key role of hosts in diversification of the highly speciose eriophyoid mite superfamily. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Major revision.
Li, N., Sun, J.-T., Yin, Y., Hong, X.-Y. & Xue, X.-F. (2022) Global patterns and drivers of herbivorous eriophyoid mite species diversity. Journal of Biogeography. Accepted.