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Minute beetle, dorsal - Veraphis

Minute beetle, dorsal - Veraphis
Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
September 30, 2012
Size: 1.07 mm
Download high resolution image here.

I collected this mite on Tree Spring Trl. 281, 9200 ft, Sandia Crest 7.5’ quadrangle in the Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo Co, NM from a Berlese funnel loaded with forest floor detritus collected from under and around a rotting log in a conifer forest.

I was unable to identify this beetle, even to family. Any help is appreciated. Its most distinguishing feature is its very small size (~1 mm).

This image is from a CombineZP processed stack of 184 images with a 2.7 µm step taken with a Mitutoyo BD Plan APO 20X/0.42 ∞/0 mm microscope objective + Nikon 135 mm F2.8 AIS telephoto lens + Nikon D300 camera (magnification 13.5×; technique described here).

Images of this individual: tag all
Minute beetle, dorsal - Veraphis Minute beetle, lateral - Veraphis Minute beetle, ventral - Veraphis Minute beetle, anterior - Veraphis

Moved tentatively; will seek confirmation
nice job... as always

Moved from Beetles.

I see now Rick Buss has posted one too in this genus from the same area and habitat. It's the spittin' image, so I'm sure the genus ID is correct.

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