It walks!

Guess where you can get plenty of live opilioacarids? In the Viveros area of the Chamela field station, just next to the greenhouses, under rocks. It is with pride and some surprise that I present the very first Youtube video of a Neocarus* walking across a piece of herbarium paper.

*thanks to Bruce Smith for correcting my previous typo – Neoacarus is a water mite genus, Neocarus is the opilioacarid.


  1. Neoacarus always gets me too.

    Very Mesostigmata-like walking behaviour. Maybe Hans is right and they are relatively derived within the Parasitiformes.

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