Order Cryptostigmata Beetle Mites

Adults usually heavily sclerotized and darkly coloured, the idiosoma with wing-like or ridge-like f ^

pteromorph

Fig. 177 A cherry beetle mite, Humerobates rostrolamellatus - family Mycobatidae (x40).

expansions (the pteromorphs) (Fig. 177); chelicerae typically chelate and prominent, sometimes with a long shaft; ocelli absent. Most species are vegetarian and ground-dwelling, inhabiting the leaf-litter layer; a few species occur above ground on plants. Adults 0.2-1.5 mm long.

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