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Unknown mite

Unknown mite
Mission, British Columbia, Canada
June 17, 2020
Size: 1.1mm
I think it might be in the Acaridae Family.

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Unknown mite Unknown mite

Moved from Acariformes.

Not sure why I didn't create the new order page sooner. Thankfully, the new comment and the resulting email gave me the necessary nudge. :)

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

What an interesting looking mite with impressive chelicerae! It appears to be a larva (I see only 3 pairs of legs) with makes identification beyond Acariformes: Sarcoptiformes difficult. It could belong to the Astigmata (Acaridae being one of many astigmatan families) or it could be a non-astigmatan oribatid (though I don't see any trichobothrial setae). Sorry I can't provide a finer identification!


First of all, well done Micha
First of all, well done Michael Rennert. I have photographed these as well but was not able to raise the level of definition that you have. Those that I attempted to photograph struck me as fully developed though since I no longer have the images (crash), I can't say much more than that. We'll have to keep an a.p.b. out on them.

Thank you Sym P. le. I'm impr
Thank you Sym P. le. I'm impressed at the quality of your Nanorchestid mite photos, and a little envious too. I've only found 1 of them, and it only stayed out in the open for a few seconds.

Thank you Heather. I reached out to an acarology Facebook group, and one person suggested it hadn't gone through sclerotization yet. Upon reading that I remembered I had taken photos of some mites that were similar in size and shape to this one, and found in roughly the same place. They are brown, but I found this same mite the next day and at the time it looked like it had eaten something brown (there was a big brown spot on it), but now I think it was undergoing sclerotization. Here is a link to one of my photos of the mites I think this one is:

I haven't uploaded it, but in one of my photos you can see the big chelicerae through the shield covering the mite's head, so I'm pretty sure it's the same kind.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

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