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Red Velvet Mite

Order Trombidiformes, Family Erythraeidae, Genus Unknown


Small mite, body length 1mm, long hind and fore legs. It can move quite quickly with those long legs.


On vegetation at edge of forest. James Cook University Cairns QLD

1 Species ID Suggestions

Red spider mite

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Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

You are welcome, Andrea. :)

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

That's a couple of leads for me to continue researching this little beasty. Thanks Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Right Andrea. It has long legs. I am confused. It could be a spider mite or bark mite. We still don't have an ID i guess.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

I did consider Trombidium initially but couldn't find a pic where the legs were so much longer than the body. So Harsha, thank you very much with the assistance with the ID. Much appreciated!

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on Apr 14, 2013


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