Live opilioacarids!

Yesterday we found live specimens of opilioacarid mites, Heather’s main target here in Chamela! They are a strange group with many traits that have been interpreted as ancestral for their branch of mites. We had not found them over several days at Chamela. Then, on Saturday, Heather found some dead ones in a litter extraction. And, yesterday, we found 17 of them walking around under rocks! Go to Heather’s blog for more details, including what she suspects is the first video every posted of an opilioacarid. CNN should be phoning momentarily.

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