WATER MITES
A portrait gallery
by Wim van Egmond
 
  Water mites are familiar to everyone who ever observed pond water. The larger species are clearly visible as fast swimming sometimes deep red spider like creatures. Determination of to what genus a water mite belongs is not very hard but when you want to determine the species it becomes much more difficult. It is a real specialists work. You have to examine the reproductive organs, the eyes or palps to be able to distinguish the often very similar species.

This article's aim is to portray some of the common genusses.

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