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.