2.1. Taxonomy

The first species in the genus was described more than 50 years ago and the most recent in 2007. The taxonomy of the genus has recently been revised and it currently stands as follows (Lindquist et al., 2009; Anderson and Morgan, 2007):

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Arachnida
Subclass:   Acari
Superorder: Parasitiformes
Order:         Mesostigmata
Family:       Laelapidae
Genus:       Tropilaelaps
Species:     T. clareae Delfinado and Baker (1961)
                  T. koenigerum Delfinado-Baker and Baker (1982)
                  T. mercedesae Anderson and Morgan (2007)
                  T. thaii Anderson and Morgan (2007)