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How to Distinguish from Similar Species: The "velvet mite" Neomulgus littoralis is a commonly encountered species found in the high intertidal and supralittoral. It is bright red and may reach 3-4 mm long. Thinoseius orchestoidae is a member of Suborder Mesostigmata. It attaches to the undersides of the beachhoppers Traskorchestia and Megalorchestia and preys upon nematodes that also live on the amphipods. Members of Suborder Astigmata are mostly small, weakly sclerotized forms that are often found around green algae in tide pools. Suborder Orbatida are dark, heavily sclerotized mites that are often herbivorous and found in the upper intertidal.
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Habitat

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Members of the family live in many different habtats, though individual species tend to be habitat-specific.
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Depth Range: Members of this family live from intertidal down to at least 5000 m depth.
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Comprehensive Description

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Marine mites are chelicerates related to spiders. They are in the same Order as ticks and chiggers. Their body is divided into sections, an anterior prosoma and a posterior opisthosoma. These two sections are often fused together in mites. Mites are usually small, and are very diverse. Size of individuals in this family ranges from 0.18 to 2 mm long.
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Comprehensive Description

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Biology/Natural History: Some marine mites are phytophagous, some are predators, and some are parasites. The shape and habits of this individual suggest that it is a predator. Halacaridae use spermatophores during reproduction. One of their larval stages has only 6 legs instead of 8. The larval stages are followed by one to several nymphal instars before they become adults. At least 14 genera of Halacaridae are found in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike the few insects and spiders which may be found in marine habitats but must breathe air, mites are able to absorb oxygen from the water so they can live at great depths.
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Halacaridae

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Halacaridae is a family of meiobenthic mites found in marine, brackish, and freshwater habitats around the world. It includes more than 1100 described species belonging to 64 genera [1] [2]

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  1. ^ Durucan, Furkan (2018). "New record of the genus Scaptognathus (Acari: Halacaridae) from Antalya with a checklist of marine halacarid mites of Turkey". Turkish Journal of Zoology. 42 (4): 499–507. doi:10.3906/zoo-1803-6.
  2. ^ Bartsch, Ilse (2009). "Checklist of marine and freshwater halacarid mite genera and species (Halacaridae: Acari) with notes on synonyms, habitats, distribution and descriptions of the taxa" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1998: 1–170. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.1998.1.1.
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Halacaridae: Brief Summary

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Halacaridae is a family of meiobenthic mites found in marine, brackish, and freshwater habitats around the world. It includes more than 1100 described species belonging to 64 genera

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