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Soil mites

Soil mites

The term ‘mites’ is applied to several orders of tiny arachnids. They are the most numerous arthropods living in the soil, and in favorable places there may be hundreds of thousands in a square metre. These mites are feeding on a dead leaf.

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Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Other arachnids – spider relatives', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007