A superfamily in the suborder Prostigmata, containing about 1600 plant feeding species, of which a number are serious plant pests. Most species reproduce by arrhenotoky and a few are thelytokous. They are characterized by long, needle-like chelicerae that are basally fused. The superfamily contains the families Tetranychidae (in which are members that produce silk or webbing), Tenuipalpidae, Tuckerellidae, Linotetranidae and Allochaetophoridae.


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