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Cranefly mite1570 - Cheiroseius

Cranefly mite1570 - Cheiroseius
Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, Queens County, New York, USA
June 27, 2008
Size: <.5 mm
I noticed a mite on the side of a crane fly (Gnophomyia tristissima). I am guessing it was under a 1/2 mm based on the size of the crane fly. This image can be frassed. I was just curious about the mite ID.

Moved
Moved from Ascidae.

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.

This is most likely a species
This is most likely a species of Cheiroseius (Acari: Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata: Blattisociidae [formerly Ascidae]). These semiaquatic predators are often phoretic on Tipulidae.

 
Moved to Ascidae
Blattisociidae is listed as Ascidae in the Guide with nothing below it. Should I request the genus page to be added?

 
Forum
I was trying to resovle the taxonomy before adding, but no one has replied yet
http://bugguide.net/node/view/305156

Please, don't frass
We have very few acari and even fewer IDed ones, but some day an expert will come along and find all these images valuable, or so I hope.

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