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Tiny Red Mite for ID please

Observed: 4th April 2012 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

pin-head sized red 8-legged round mites running around on fencing in the park, miles away from any chickens. They don't seem the right shape to be Velvet Mite. I saw some last year and thought they might be Anystis baccarum, but no-one agreed.

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Martincito's picture

I'll go hunting for these

I'll go hunting for these again when I have upgraded by Macro set up...

jeremyr's picture

so it is a type of spider

so it is a type of spider mite? but not the red spider mite that attacks indoor plants?

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Martincito's picture

They were quite fast moving,

They were quite fast moving, running about the top and sides of the fence. I recall that Anystis baccarum are sometimes known as Whirligig Mites due to their tendency to run round in circles! See http://bugguide.net/node/view/94328 for some pics...

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Alan Thornhill's picture

I can't remember if I saw

I can't remember if I saw this when you posted it but, if so, I may not have wanted to agree it because I don't know if there are other Anystis species. 20 years ago I worked on aphid predators inc Anystis, but then we called them A. gracilis - is that the same species, I wonder.

Martincito's picture

I've added a generic Anystina

I've added a generic Anystina ID now...

Alan Thornhill's picture

So, is that the up-to-date

So, is that the up-to-date name for Anystis then? If so, then perhaps you should suggest it as an ID here.

Martincito's picture

I only used Anystina because

I only used Anystina because iSpot suggested it when I typed in the first few letters! Wikispecies says it is a "Cohort" that includes Anystis along with dozens of other genera. I've added Anystis now - which iSpot didn't seem to know about! Eg no link to EOL, despite http://eol.org/pages/3206796/overview...