Ventral showing pectines
Red-legged Earth Mite
6-8 on Capeweed
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)|
|Family:||Snout Mite (Bdellidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Red Snout Mite (Bdellidae sp ES01)|
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
We asked Gerrut Norval, a local researcher, what the difference between a mite & a tick was.
He said, with our thanks, "Ticks and mite belong to the same subclass, Acari, so they are related. Mites are a very diverse group of organisms with numerous families. Ticks fall into one of three families, the hard ticks (Ixodidae), the soft ticks (Argasidae), and Nuttalliellidae, which currently contains one species restricted to southern Africa. Hard ticks are the ones most people are familiar with. Soft ticks basically look like large mites and can be distinguished from hard ticks by the absence of a scutum."