Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

New Species of Mite
headline bar

In December 2013, Ohio State University (OSU) doctoral student Samuel Bolton under the direction of Hans Klompen at OSU finished a 12-month Smithsonian Institute Internship working with Gary Bauchan, USDA – ARS Director, Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit and ARS entomologist Ron Ochoa at the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit (ECMU) to identify and describe a new, worm-like species of mite belonging to the family Nematalycidae dubbed the “Buckeye Dragon Mite”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Bauchan, Director, Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit and OSU graduate student

Sam Bolton study worm-like mite in Low-temperature Scanning Electron Microscope.

 

 

Osperalycus tenerphagus

The mite, dubbed Osperalycus tenerphagus, “is the first species of this weird family to be described in over 40 years,” said Bolton, who studies mite systematics under the guidance of OSU professor Hans Klompen in Columbus, Ohio.

A colorized LT-SEM image of the highly ornamented back leg of the Buckeye Dragon Mite, Osperalycus tererphagus.

Original Journal Article

 

Samuel J. Bolton, Hans Klompen, Gary R. Bauchan & Ronald Ochoa (2014):

A new genus and species of Nematalycidae (Acari: Endeostigmata), Journal of Natural History,

DOI:10.1080/00222933.2013.859318

 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00222933.2013.859318#.UxSoAU2YaM9

 

April 7, 2014: Our paper is the third most downloaded article in the Journal of Natural History since the count begun back in 2011, and we have only been out for 6 weeks! We are even ahead of the famous paper by Alfred R. Wallace.

 

Popular Press and Scientific Articles

 

Scientific America

 

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/2014/03/31/new-worm-like-mite-features-extraordinary-upholstery/

 

Smithsonian Museum:

 

 http://smithsonianscience.org/2014/03/new-dragon-like-mite-found-in-ohio-is-gentle-reclusive/

 

 

 

The Ohio State University

 

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/newmite.htm

 

http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~herb/museum/newsletters/MBDNewsletter1.4_Fall_2012.pdf

 

http://www.newswise.com/articles/worm-like-mite-species-discovered-on-ohio-state-s-campus

 

Entomology Society of America

 

http://entomologytoday.org/2014/02/20/new-species-of-bizarre-worm-like-mite-discovered-on-ohio-state-university-campus/

 

AAAS

 

http://news.bio-medicine.org/?q=biology-news-1/worm-like-mite-species-discovered-on-ohio-states-campus-34374

 

 

 

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=ac2a7d63-4e8c-4769-ba8a-e02ee2893e2e&c=50d6aa60-a39f-11e3-93d2-d4ae527536d1&ch=51993710-a39f-11e3-945c-d4ae527536d1

 

Wiki species added to genus to the list:


http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nematalycidae?useFormat=mobile

United States

 

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/02/might-weirdest-mite-youve-ever-seen/

 

http://www.sciencecodex.com/wormlike_mite_species_discovered_on_ohio_states_campus-128848

 

http://interceder.net/latest_news/USDA

 

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113085074/mite-species-osperalycus-tenerphagus-030214/

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140228155800.htm

 

http://phys.org/news/2014-02-worm-like-mite-species-ohio-state.html

 

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2014/03/01/worm.mite.species.discovered.ohio.states.campus

 

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/03/microscopic-creepy-crawly-discovered-by-ohio-state-graduate-student-2677964.html

 

Video:

 

http://www.redorbit.com/news/video/science_2/1113086747/ohio-state-buckeye-dragon-mite-030414/

 

Columbus Dispatch

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2014/03/09/chasing-a-dragon.html

 

 

Mexico:

 

https://www.facebook.com/SMEntomologia

 

France:

 

http://www.nouvellesdumonde.net/nouveau-la-nature-n-119-osperalycus-tenerphagus/

 

England

 

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/02/new-to-nature-osperalycus-tenerphagus

 

http://thenews-uk.com/news/new-to-nature-no-119-osperalycus-tenerphagus

 

Germany

 

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/osperalycus-tenerphagus-us-doktorand-entdeckt-neue-milben-art-a-956471.html

 

Russian

 

http://www.infox.ru/science/animal/2014/03/03/Ryadom_s_kampusom_am.phtml

 

Brazil:

 

http://fotos.estadao.com.br/cidades-pesquisadores-descobrem-especie-de-acaro,galeria,,227469,,9,0.htm

 

Czech Republic:

 

http://www.rozhlas.cz/leonardo/priroda/_zprava/okridleny-drak-z-podzemi--1322314

 

Austria
http://www.chemiereport.at/neue-milbengattung-entdeckt

Croatia
http://biologija.com.hr/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=9387



 

 

 

 

 


Last Modified: 4/10/2014
Footer Content Back to Top of Page