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Milton, Massachusetts, USA
April 13, 2005
Size: 1/10"

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Mite Mite

Socalled Cunaxidae mites
The mites shown in your photos do not belong to the family Cunaxidae but to the family Bdellidae. Both families belong to the superfamily Bdelloidea. To verify my remark and identification consult: Krantz& Walter 2009, A Manual of Acarology.
Jacob Den Heyer
Specialist on Cunaxidae

Thanks for your comments
These photos are actually already in the Bdellidae section. You can see where BugGuide images are placed by looking at the string of hyperlinks above the image.

Moved from Predatory Mites.

Family Cunaxidae
Gerard Pennards

Are these sometimes referred to as predatory mites, because they feed on other mites?

Predatory mites
Hello Kerry
Just like in other animal groups there are herbivores and carnivores among mites! Among these carnivores there are for sure also mites that hunt and eat other mites when they find them on their way!
This family Cunaxidae is seen as a predator of Collembola, they hunt them, spear them on their long snouts and eat them!
They have to be quick, because Collembolans are excellent jumpers!
Gerard Pennards

Collembola and ?
That would be quite a photograph, the mite spearing a collembola. I've tried photographing collembola, just when you achieve focus and snap the picture, there's nothing there. Nice pictures of dirt and debri though. Might be worth staging an "event" to photograph.
What order would Cunaxidae be placed in?

Order is Acari
The Order in which Cunaxidae is in is Acari (Mites)
Gerard Pennards

Thanks Gerard. Now I'll put these in the Acari section of the guide.

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