Mites in Soil

Mites in Soil - an interactive key to mites and other soil microarthropods

Mites in Soil: an interactive key to mites and other soil microarthropods
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An interactive key to mites and other soil microarthropod

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Mites in Soil contains 5 interactive keys for the identification of 101 families of soil mites, and more than 60 higher-level taxa of soil micro-arthropods and related groups (Onycophora, Tardigrada).

The five keys are:

  • Classes and Orders of Microarthropods in Soil (31 classes and orders)
  • Mites in Soil — Orders, Suborders, Cohorts (31 suborders and cohorts)
  • Families of Protostigmata in Soil (43 families)
  • Families of Parasitiformes in Soil (46 families)
  • Endeostigmata and Sphaerolichida (12 families).

The keys, constructed primarily to deal with the Australian soil fauna, are broadly applicable, covering most classes and orders of terrestrial arthropods and most families of soil-litter inhabiting mites worldwide.

In addition, information is given on classification of Acari (mites), differences between types of identification tools, how to use the interactive keys, how to extract, preserve and prepare mites (and other microarthropods) for identification, and how to study living mites.

Information on morphology, behaviour and ecology of the mites is given in the introduction to each key.

Features

  • Quick and easy identification by order of major groups of soil organisms, many critical determinants of ecosystem health.
  • Information on classification of Acari (mites); differences between types of identification tools; how to extract, preserve and prepare mites (and other microarthropods) for identification; and how to study living mites.
  • Coverage of morphology, behaviour and ecology of mites is given in the introduction to each key.
  • Over 2000 line drawings, photos and colour-enhanced scanning electron micrographs.
  • The latest Lucid Player version 2.1 with HTML facilities including web searching.

This interactive identification guide has been produced with the widest possible range of users in mind: acarologists, systematists, bio-survey workers and educators. The keys dealing specifically with mites will be invaluable for identification and as tools for training of biologists in systematics and ecology of mites.

About this CD ROM

Electronic series: ABRS Identification Series
Publishers: Australian Biological Resources Study/CSIRO Publishing
Year: 2001
Authors: D.E.Walter, University of Queensland; H.C.Proctor, Griffith University
ISBN-10: 0 643 06790 6
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 06790 5

System Requirements

Operating system: Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000; Pentium processor or higher
System memory: Minimum 32mb RAM
Screen Resolution: SVGA monitor (800 × 600 or better)
CD ROM drive: 4× speed or greater
Input device: Mouse
Web browser: Internet Explorer (recommended) 5 or greater; Internet connection (optional)