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Leptus sp.? - Leptus

Leptus sp.? - Leptus
Shirley, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 15, 2010
Size: 2.2mm

Moved
Moved from Erythraeidae.

Received
I received the specimen, it is indeed Leptus, and an awesome one at that. The specimen was shriveled upon arrival... but I hope I can get DNA out of it nevertheless. Thanks so much for the specimen!

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.
Ray, I saved it, and will send it out to you.

 
Fantastic!
Thanks a bunch. It would be especially great to get several alive so we can get the females to lay eggs, and then correlate larva and adult (likely described as two separate species right now). Of course, this could be a new species altogether, which would also be cool.

 
...
I'll have to go back to the same place and see if I can find any others.

 
Specimen?
Hey Tom, I don't mean to pester you, but do you still plan to ship this specimen?

 
Still got it
I had forgotten all about this little guy. It's been in the back corner of the fridge. I'll mail it out to you in the next day or two.

 
Great!
Thanks! I can't wait to see it :)

Erythraeidae
Awesome! You caught one! I don't suppose you still have this and are willing to send it? This specimen could solve some questions I'm having about this genus (Leptus). The patterned Leptus we get here are polka dotted (at least as deutonymphs) and attack opilionids and scorpions. So I'm betting this beast attacks opilionids as larvae.

Leptus adults typically do have black setae in life. On this specimen, the purple coloring on the idiosoma is almost certainly created from a red body with black setae. That's what we're finding on our AR specimens anyway.

H.C. Proctor: "Erythraeidae, probably not a Leptus sp.,
"...which tend to have black hairs, but I wouldn't bet my life on it."