Field of Science

Name the Bug # 18

Continuing with the developing theme of post previews, these creatures and their nearest and dearest will be the subject of Taxon of the Week tomorrow. What are they?

Attribution, as always, to follow.

Update: Identity now available here. Image from here.


  1. I mean...that's Dermatophagoides right? Is this some kind of trick?

  2. No one said I had to be mean all the time :-). Expect a post on the glories of astigmate mites tomorrow.

  3. I always look at these. This is the first time I even had an inkling of what it is. House dust mites. But of course, I found the comments too late.

  4. Looks like Dermatophagoides and probably D. pteronyssinus (this image certainly appears as such on a few sites using a Google Image search).

    In my experience, Dermatophagoides farinae is more common in Queensland, and as I recall Euroglyphus maynei and Blomia tropicalis tend to be more prevalent in some areas. I wish I could say more, but my wife is still reading Matt Colloff's book and I'm stuck in the lower astigmatines - aka Oribatida.

    Have you seen the recent Dabert et al. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2010 Jul;56(1):222-41? Well worth a read.

  5. Sorry folks you're well-intentioned but quite wrong... These are moon-calves of Yuggoth, with their hideous, protoplasmic Daemon Herder, Astaroth (just out of shot), browsing on the exposed sulci of the giant pulsating brain of Yog-Sothoth in a dimension beyond the perception of puny humankind.

  6. Fillet of Yuggothian Moon Cow in a white-wine and garlic sauce is great with sauteed Fungi from Yuggoth caps and mixed veggies!


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