Approximately 7000 species from the mesostigmata astigmata oribatida and especially the prostigmata now live in marine and freshwater habitats in aquatic mites a dozen chapters explore the distribution ecology behavior genetics and evolution of the most diverse of these astonishing arachnids. The predatory stages of water mites feed mainly on small crustaceans other water mites and the eggs larvae and pupae of aquatic insects in simple communities water mites can act as top . Get this from a library aquatic mites from genes to communities heather coreen proctor although the ancestral home of chelicerates was the sea the vast majority of modern species live on land most students of spiders and mites also restrict themselves to terrestrial habitats . In aquatic mites a dozen chapters explore the distribution ecology behavior genetics and evolution of the most diverse of these astonishing arachnids the results of these studies raise as many interesting questions as they answer and should provoke more investigations of the biology of freshwater and marine acari aquatic mites from . Aquatic mites from genes to communities an introduction heather proctor pages 1 2 the biology and life history of arctic populations of the littoral mite ameronothrus lineatus acari oribatida guldborg sovik pages 3 20 latitudinal variation in habitat specificity of ameronothrid mites oribatida
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