Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
  Red velvet mite
Trombiculus sp.
Family Trombiculidae

Size: 1 mm

The mite has a body covered with bright red velvety hairs, and is seen on the forest floor and on tree trunks as well. It is predatory on small organisms, possibly including springtails.

Trombiculus sp.

Larval bug which
mimics the mite
It is easy to get Trombiculus confused with a species of bug (Order Hemiptera, Family Miridae) from an undescribed genus whose larve mimics the mite. The bug wanders through the forest floor feeding on microorganisms on the underside of rotting wood. It maintains this orientation even if you flip the piece of wood over - it will crawl underneath to feed upside down!

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From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre