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Arrenurus cf. globator male 27-06-99
male
Arrenurus cf. globator female 27-06-99
female
Arrenurus cf. globator female 27-06-99
female


Arrenurus (Megaluracarus) cf. globator

Arrenurus globator is a very common watermite in the Netherlands. The male of this species has a tail and, like most Arrenunrus species, it is smaller than the female. Arrenurus watermites have a tough armour and feel like a grain between your fingers. The dorsal and the ventral shield are fused together in a groove, which is visible on the back. In many references the Arrenurus genus is divided into four subsgenera on basis of the shape of the male's body. Species with a tail are then grouped in the subgenus Megaluracarus (Besseling,1964). That name seems difficult, but is quite obvious: Mega‑: big, ‑ura‑: tail, ‑acarus: mite.


LINK: Fantastic stacked picture of an Arrenurus species (male) by Charles Krebs.
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