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Type: Review
Published: 2021-05-28
Page range: 115–130
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Discovering and documenting Acari: the first twenty years in Zootaxa

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, Auckland 1072, New Zealand. Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Institute of Zoology, Technikerstr. 25 A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Institute of Biology, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Universitatsplatz 2, 8010 Graz,Austria;
Sektion Arthropoda Varia, Zoologische Staatssammlung, Münchhausenstraße 21, 81247 München, Germany
LIMNOSERVICE, Dorfstraße 2, 24247 Mielkendorf,
University of Montenegro, Cetinjski put bb, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Profesor de Asignatura B, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. C.P. 04510, Mexico City, Mexico
Hintere Dorfstraße 29, 02791 Oderwitz, Germany
Plant Health & Environment Laboratory, Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland, New Zealand;
Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Embankment 1, 199034, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
Queensland Museum, PO Box 3300, South Brisbane, Qld, 4101, Australia.
Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, GPO Box 1700, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia,


Acari represent the most diverse group within the arachnids with some 60,000 described species. It is generally believed that most species of mites are waiting to be discovered and described. Zootaxa was the most important journal for mite taxonomy during the last twenty years (2001 to 2020). It published 1305 papers by 1057 authors during these two decades, with descriptions of 3271 new taxa/names, which account for 24.4% of the total indexed in Zoological Record.  The numbers of new synonyms of Acari in Zootaxa (334) also accounted for nearly a quarter (24.9%) of the total published during this period. These data indicate that Zootaxa has been an important and leading journal for acarologists to document the diversity of mites and ticks in the world.



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    Zhang, Z.-Q., Fuangarworn, M., Fan, Q-H. & Yi, T.-C. (Eds) (2020a) Ontogeny and morphological diversity in immature mites (Part IV). Zootaxa, 4900, 1–200.

    Zhang, Z.-Q., Fuangarworn, M. & Seeman, O. (Eds) (2020b) Ontogeny and morphological diversity in immature mites (Part III). Zootaxa, 4857, 1–250.

    Zhang, Z.-Q., Fuangarworn, M., Seeman, O. & Mironov, S. (Eds) (2019) Ontogeny and morphological diversity in immature mites (Part II). Zootaxa, 4717, 1–230.

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    Zhang, Z.-Q., Seeman, O., Fuangarworn, M. & Fan, Q.-H. (Eds) (2018) Ontogeny and morphological diversity in immature mites (Part I). Zootaxa, 4540, 1–224.