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Phoretic mite on host, dorsal

Phoretic mite on host, dorsal
Jemez Mountains, Sandoval County, New Mexico, USA
September 5, 2020
Size: 374 µm
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This subject was found attached by an anal pedicel to the thorax of a beetle (Corticeus praetermissus) that came to a mercury vapor lamp set-up at 35°48'49.0"N 106°40'58.0"W, 7339 ft elevation, Jemez Springs 7.5' quadrangle, near a cabin on Spruce Loop, Sandoval Co., NM. Many other images from this event are posted.

The mite is still attached to the host in this dorsal view, with both being desiccated and air mounted.

Host with attached mite:

This image is from a Helicon Focus processed stack of 114 images with a 1.34 µm step taken with a Mitutoyo BD Plan Apo 50×/0.55 ∞/0 mm microscope objective + Nikon 200 mm F4 AIS telephoto lens + Nikon D810 camera (magnification 50×; technique described here).

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Phoretic mite on host, dorsal Phoretic mite, air mounted, ventral