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Photo#1048101
Long-Legged Velvet Mite?

Long-Legged Velvet Mite?
Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA
March 18, 2015
Size: .8 mm
This mite was on the flower of Nash's Rock Rose (Helianthemum nashii) in an oak scrub. The first photograph is a ventral view, the second is a dorsal view, and the third is a lateral view.

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Long-Legged Velvet Mite? Long-Legged Velvet Mite? Long-Legged Velvet Mite?

Hi Susan,
These are surprising photos. Did these look similar to your other mite (1046974) in life? Regardless, these are interesting as well. Do you have the specimens and would you be willing to send them to me? I would be happy to reimburse your shipping costs.

 
Ray,
I don't know if this mites looks similar or not to the other mite. I did not take any microscopic shots of mite (first thumb below) so I didn't see any further details than what show up in the photo of it that I submitted to BugGuide. Do you think the one shown here is the same species as the second "thumb" below? If so, I could send you this one or that one, but I want to keep at least one of them. I am doing a study of an 8-acre gopher tortoise preserve and I'm trying to keep the community of microscopic critters together for future study.


 
Hi Susan,
I am not sure I follow. Are you saying you have the specimen for this mite: 1046974? If so, that is the more interesting specimen. But beggars can't be choosers, I'll take whatever I can get! :)

As far as keeping specimens for the preserve, consider that the specimens you send me will likely be new species and therefore type-specimens. These would be much better cared for at a museum than by any other means if your concern is specimen longevity. Of course this means I will cover all costs for DNA extraction, specimen curation, taxonomic publications, and will provide you with identifications and more detailed images. Actually, I'd be happy to collaborate by providing more identifications of mites if I can retain specimens of new species. What do you think? Does this sound enticing? Please send me an email for further discussion.

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