Box Mite (Atropacarus sp.)
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Box mite – Security in a Box – IV (closed)

Atropacarus sp.

Magnification: 470:1

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Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Box mite (Oribatidae: Atropacarus sp.).

Adult Box mites are slow-moving, deliberate, and heavily encumbered in armour.  One remarkable type of defence that has evolved at least three times in the Oribatida is called ptychoidy (more Greek, ‘ptych’, a fold).  Ptychoid mites are able to fold their legs into their bodies and close the anterior shell-like aspis over the legs, giving rise to a less English-tongue-twisting name, ‘box mites’. Most Boxmite species feature a clean body but some cover themselves with a layer of soil.  Presumably this serves as a visual or, more likely, tactile camouflage that increases the chance a predator will move on (‘get along now, nothing but a bit of dirt, your dinner is elsewhere’).