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Red velvet mite

Trombidium sp.

Description:

Resting under the leaves of a Victorian Christmas bush this two-toned red velvet mite was about 12mm long including legs.

Habitat:

In a local nature reserve - Glenfern Valley reserve.

Notes:

These creatures have an unusual life with two nymphal stages. In the first one they have six legs and are phoretic so often seen attached to other arthropods.
order: TROMBIDIFORMES
suborder: PROSTIGMATA
infraorder: PARASITENGONINA
superfamily: TROMBIDIOIDEA
family: TROMBIDIIDAE
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Trombidium...

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1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Very nice spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.91, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Dec 30, 2014
Submitted on Dec 30, 2014

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