Friday 23 May 2008

Photo of the Day #4 - Notophthiracarus bentoni

An oribatid mite
Notophthiracarus bentoni
Niedbala, 1998
Phthiracaridae; Oribatida (Cryptostigmata); Acariformes; Acari; Arachnida; Chelicerata; Arthropoda
Henderson Island (Pitcairn Islands, UK), South Pacific Ocean

A little story behind the photo. I didn't collect this specimen, but I identified it to species from an assortment of terrestrial invertebrates from Henderson Island. I worked on oribatid mites for my undergraduate dissertation (BSc [Hons] Natural History & Wildlife Biology) at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. The mites and other invertebrates were provided by University of Cambridge.

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