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rangy light red mite

rangy light red mite
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
January 7, 2007
Size: body about 1.1 mm
I would think the combination of body shape, granulate texture and relative leg dimensions ought to help pin this down to genus.

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Moved from Erythraeidae.

I was looking through a book from the University's of New Hampshire's biology/science library and found a mite called Fessonia lappacea that seemed very similar to this mite.
Same species/genus?

I couldn't find an image on line, but Wikipedia does have an entry for the genus.

This is definitely a smaridid.... you can see the whole gnathosoma can be retracted into the idiosoma. You can't confidently ID Fessonia though (unfortunately) without slide-mounting it. I'm afraid smaridids just can't be differentiated easily without slide-mounting. Nevertheless, this mites is NOT an erythraeid.

Thanks, Ray.

It beats me.
I got a load of specialists to help pin down our growing collection of mite photos but they obviously regarded it as a one-time favor as few if any have helped out since. At some point I guess I should ask them to look over the later arrivals.

I just found a couple of these guys, my self, here in Durham.
I'm from Nashua, too. :D

I noticed your mites and other stuff. Nice comments on others' images also. If you'd like to go collecting when you're back home sometime, let me know.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

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