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Cranefly mite1570 - Cheiroseius

Cranefly mite1570 - Cheiroseius
Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, Queens County, New York, USA
June 27, 2008
Size: <.5 mm
I noticed a mite on the side of a crane fly (Gnophomyia tristissima). I am guessing it was under a 1/2 mm based on the size of the crane fly. This image can be frassed. I was just curious about the mite ID.

Moved from Ascidae.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

This is most likely a species
This is most likely a species of Cheiroseius (Acari: Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata: Blattisociidae [formerly Ascidae]). These semiaquatic predators are often phoretic on Tipulidae.

Moved to Ascidae
Blattisociidae is listed as Ascidae in the Guide with nothing below it. Should I request the genus page to be added?

I was trying to resovle the taxonomy before adding, but no one has replied yet

Please, don't frass
We have very few acari and even fewer IDed ones, but some day an expert will come along and find all these images valuable, or so I hope.

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