Definition: A genus of microscopic burrowing sarcoptid mites that infects fowl and caged birds; species include C. pilae in parakeets (budgerigars), C. jamaicensi in canaries, C. mutans in chickens, turkeys, pheasants; also in other gallinaceous birds, C. gallinae (depluming mite) (syn Knemidocoptes laevis var. gallinae) in chickens, geese, pheasants, pigeons. Suborder Astigmata, Order Parasitiformed, Class Arichnada; Phylum Arthropoda.
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