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Traits: Tiny to microscopic invertebrate animal with eight legs and a pear-shaped body

Habitat: Mosses, rotten leaves, humus, forest soils

Foods: Varies by species; many prey on roundworms, other mites, and insect larvae; others feed on plants (dead or live) and animals.

Eaten by: Centipedes, some ground beetles, ladybird beetles, winter wrens, thrushes, sparrows

Do You Know? Some mites ride on the backs of carrion beetles. Other mites parasitize other animals.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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