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Red-Rough-Mite - Trachyuropoda

Red-Rough-Mite - Trachyuropoda
Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
May 20, 2008
Size: 1 mm
When I inspect Lasius* sub*umbratus ant nests, I always find two types of mite. The red ones shown here are hard, roughly sculptured with ridges. I know nothing about mites, but have been interested for several years in getting a name for this and the other mite, soon to be posted. Any ideas?

Moved from Trachyuropodidae.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Not an oribatid. A species of
Not an oribatid. A species of the Uropodina, family Trachyuropodidae, genus Trachyuropoda. All of these live with ants. - Barry OConnor

They (it) look(s) abit...
like an oribatid or some sort...
Oribatids are common but very diverse soil mites that feed on fungi and debris. I'm sure an expert here will gladly help you (in due time).

I do berlese funnel on detritus from this area all the time and these red sculptured ones seem to be predominantly associated with the ants. Only one or two ever turn up if it isn't an ants nest, so I thought this might be an ant associate.

Ah. Cool...
I only recently came into possession of a burless funnel & I've only gotten around to using it once.

Shows how much I know!
& here I was thinking it was an oribatid & instead it was a mesostigmatid! :D lol

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