Specimen 423: Kyle Hart & Chanpisey Phy
Location of collection: GGC Site 3
Date of collection: Nov. 2012
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: 3.95
Distinguishing morphological features of Order:
This order of mites have 8 legs and have two body segments, the abdomen and the head. They have either one or two pairs of eyes.
Classification: Order: Trombidiformes Family: Erythraeidae
This group of mites can be found in north and central America but mainly centralize around central America, in warmer environments.
Begin as a larva that is a parasite on other arthropods. Later they go through a pupate stage, that really is an inactive nymph stage. At this phase the organism becomes a free predator. Once the organism has fed enough it will go through a pupate stage and emerge as an adult.
What it eats:Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage
Larval forms of these mites are parasitic on various other arthropods, such as harvestmen. The adults are free living predators.
This group of arthropods can be found in meadows and woodland areas.
The larva, since they are parasites and kill there host, keep arthropod levels down of the target hosts.
Economic/agricultural/human health importance:
These organisms help to control pest insect populations and these organisms to not feed on humans. A large number of these organisms have been shown to cause allergies.
PCR product: gel picture?
Sequence data: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNANNNTNNNNNGGNTNTANNNNNNNNNAGCTGTTATTCGTATAGAATTAGGACAACCAGGTCAATTAATCTCCAACGACCAATTGTACAATAGAATTGTGACAGCCCACGCCTTTATTATAATTTTCTTTATAGTTATACCTATCATAATCGGTGGTTTTGGAAACTGATTGGTTCCAATCATAATTGGAGCTCCAGACATAGCTTTCCCCCGTATAAACAATATAAGCTTCTGACTTCTCCCCCCCTCTTTAATACTATTAGTTTTAGCATCATTTATTAATATAGGAGTTGGAACCGGATGGACGCTATATCCACCTTTATCAAGATTTTTAGCTCACAGGTATGCCTCTATTGAACTATCCATTTTTTCTTTACATCTAGCTGGAGCTGCTTCAATTTTGGGAGCAATCAACTTTCTTACTACATTTAAAAATATAAATAACAAAAATCTCTGATGAGATATGATCCCTTTATTTGTATGAGCTATTATAATTACAGTTATCCTTTTATTGTTATCTCTACCTGTACTAGCTGGAGCAATTACTATACTTCTAATAGACCGTAATTTTAACACTACTTTCTTTGATCCGTCTGGGGGGGGGGATCCCATCATATATCAACACTTATTTTGATTTTTTGGTCACCCTNNAANNNNAAN