May 102015

Hello world !

This mite is definitely not a parasite but is worth some photos because it has very interesting ornamentations on the whole body.

Thanks to the help of Peter Masan, this deutonymph has been identified as Uroobovella pulchella (Berlese, 1904), belonging to the family of Trematuridae.

One important thing : they were found on Lithobius forficatus, a case of phoresia (thanks to Etienne Iorio for the collection of the specimens). Uroobovella pulchella is a well-known passenger of this type of bus (like Trichouropoda ovalis,…), the most common passenger in Slovakia according to Peter Masan.

Enjoy these microsculptures of our Mother Nature !




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