A Preliminary Phylogenetic Hypothesis for Cunaxidae (Acariformes: Trombidiformes: Prostigmata: Eupodina)

  • Michael J. SkvarlaEmail author
  • Ashley P. G. Dowling


We present the first character-based phylogenetic hypothesis for cunaxid genera and subfamilies based on 47 morphological characters scored from adult females. The phylogeny suggests that two of the subfamilies are not monophyletic, and although bootstrap support was not high enough to confidently redefine the subfamilies, it presents a testable hypothesis that will hopefully spur phylogenetic investigations of Cunaxidae using molecular techniques.


Acariformes Cunaxidae Phylogeny Phylogenetic hypothesis Tree Morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EntomologyPennsylvania State University, Agricultural Science & Industries BuildingUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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