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Pics of Booklice and Mites for Idenitfication

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by Mommy2Crabs, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. kgbenson

    kgbenson (Micro Crab)

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    Not exactly. While it is true that all ticks are mites, generally speaking they are still referred to as ticks, and not mites. I realize that the folks at "http://www.fotosearch.com" labeled it a mite but this is a tick. Most ticks are much larger than most mites, and generally have a somewhat different life style. Also - adult mites have 8 legs, nymphs have 8, but larvae have 6.

    It is hard to ID these guys with such a small photo, but it looks like dermacentor to me.

    Is there a reference to Psocids acting as parasites in coenobita? Most references refer to them as non-parasitic, commonly found eating carbohydrates and such, infesting books, grains etc.

    I am wondering if perhaps they are eating the crabs food, and not truly parasitizing the crabs. If they are true parasites, I would definitely be interested in a real reference (not just a link to a crab webpage that says it is so). I am not refuting that they are parasites, some members of the group may be but are rare enough not to be mentioned in a general reference, just am looking for the original work that shows this to be the case.

    thanks,

    Keith
     

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