Unusual, New Mite Discovered

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    An Ohio State University graduate student recently discovered a new species of mite with unusual features that he affectionately named the “Buckeye Dragon Mite.”

    A graduate student at the


    University of Ohio discovered a creepy, crawly microscopic species.


     Yuck.  The species is a type of mite that the student affectionately


    nicknamed "The Buckeye Dragon Mite."  The mite kind of resembles


    the Chinese dragon that you see in New Year celebrations.  At just over


    a half a millimeter, the mite can't be seen by the naked eye.  The mite


    was found 20 inches below the surface on campus and had unusual


    straight hairs along its body not found in other known members of its


    family.  The mite also has interesting features on its mouth called rutella


    that function similar to teeth in other mites. The rutella supports a


    pouch­like vessel in the front of the mouth and it's believed that the


    pouch acts like a nutcracker, holding microorganisms in place while the


    internal pincers puncture them and suck up their fluid contents.