Any Arthropod of the subclass Acari except the Ticks. They are minute Animals related to the Spiders, usually having transparent or semitransparent bodies. They may be parasitic on Humans and Domestic Animals, producing various irritations of the Skin (Mite Infestations). Many mite species are important to Human and Veterinary Medicine as both Parasite and vector. Mites also infest Plants.