Subclass Acari – Mites & Ticks


Mites and ticks belong to the class Arachnida, the arachnids, which include the spiders, harvestmen and the pseudoscorpions. Many members of Acari are microscopic, whilst others are larger reaching up to 20 mm in length. The mites are mostly free-living creatures and are not parasties, although some are, as are the ticks, which can suck the blood of most animals and pass on diseases such as Lyme disease. Acarines are extremely diverse. They live in practically every habitat, and include aquatic and terrestrial species. They outnumber most other arthropods found in soil, organic matter and leaf litter.


Mites


Alder Leaf Gall Mite
Eriophyes laevis
Red Pustle Mite (Aceria aceriscampestris)
Red Pustle Mite
Aceria aceriscampestris
Eriophyes tiliae
Bdellid Snout Mite
Eupodes
Eupodes
Phthiracaridae
Phthiracarid Mite
Oribatid Mite
Riccardoella (Proriccardoella) oudemansi
Aceria nalepai
Aceria nalepai
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Sycamore Felt Gall (Aceria pseudoplatani)
Sycamore Felt Gall
Aceria pseudoplatani
Balaustium sp.
Balaustium
Damaeid Mite
Euzetes globulus
Pergamasus
Pergamasus
Aceria macrochela
Aceria macrochela
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Aceria macrorhyncha
Aceria macrorhyncha
.
Anystis
Ceratozetidae
Ceratozetoid Mite
Oribatida sp.
Oribatid Mite
Poecilochirus carabi
Poecilochirus carabi
Pergamasus sp.
Pergamasus

Ticks


Ixodes

Many thanks to Stewart Bevan and Matthew Sheppard from the Facebook group Soil Biodiversity UK for their expert assistance in identifying and reconfirming species.