Specimen 423: Kyle Hart & Chanpisey Phy

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Location of collection: GGC Site 3

Date of collection: Nov. 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: 3.95

Photo: IMG 0191 Mite.jpg

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

Geographical Distribution:

This group of mites can be found in north and central America but mainly centralize around central America, in warmer environments.

Life cycle:

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.

Sexual dimorphism:


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.

Habitat:

This group of arthropods can be found in meadows and woodland areas.


Ecological Importance:

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

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