Acarology (from Greek ἀκαρί/ἄκαρι, akari, a type of mite; and -λογία, -logia) is the study of mites and ticks,[1] the animals in the order Acarina. It is a subfield of arachnology, a subdiscipline of the field of zoology. A zoologist specializing in acarology is called an acarologist. Acarologists may also be parasitologists because many members of Acarina are parasitic. Many acarologists are studying around the world both professionally and as amateurs.[2] The discipline is a developing science and long-awaited research has been provided for it in more recent history.[2]

The Acari are identified in Acarology as a taxon of arachnids that contains mites and ticks. It is an example of something an acarologist would study.

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Notable acarologistsEdit


The leading scientific journals for acarology include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ D. E. Walter & H. C. Proctor (1999). Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. University of NSW Press, Sydney and CABI, Wallingford. ISBN 978-0-86840-529-2.
  2. ^ a b Alberti, Gerd (2010). "A Manual of Acarology". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 48 (2): 194–195. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2009.00546.x.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of acarology at Wiktionary
  •   Learning materials related to acarology at Wikiversity