Short-haired Red Velvet Mite
Male?
Ellura
Short-haired Red Velvet Mite
Male & Female
 
    
Short-haired Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombiinae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Mites (Trombidiformes)
Family: Velvet Mite (Trombidiidae)
Species: Short-haired Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombiinae sp)
This Photo:     Male & Female

Thank you Ray Fisher for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
We found what we think is a female being harrassed by some males. The larger (female) was ~5mm, while one of the smaller (male) was ~2.5mm.
Tiny bright red scavenger with 8 legs. The hair is difficult to see with your naked eye.
Notice the white patches are different coloured hair.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jul-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.