Mites and other critters on sphagnum moss

Chen

Carnivore
Was observing my mini ecosystem I inherited from @StickyIcky. Seems the moss is teeming with life with at least 2 different species of Collembola (springtails), a species of Oribatida (mite), and maybe another genus of predatory mites. Here is some moss I isolated with some of the slower moving, grazing types. I have also spotted a translucent and more mobile mite which I assume are the predatory types.
 
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Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Can I send you some of the centipedes running around that I'm too squeamish to get rid of?
 

Chen

Carnivore
Oribatid mites arent predatory. They compost stuff like earthworms do.
You are correct. I made an incorrect identification. I had assumed the entire family consisted of Oribatida of different species that fed differently. The other mite I saw was not an Oribatida spp. as it had longer legs and moved more quickly. It likely belongs to the family of Phytoseiidae.
 

Chen

Carnivore
is it beige coloured with a lighter abdomen and a kind of backward facing triangle shape on its back?
I can't recall. I tried to take a photo of it but it ended up being blurry due to it moving quickly. I found another beige coloured one but it's not as active as the one I saw.
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Chen

Carnivore
Saw this one crawling on top of the peat I was using to germinate Dionaea muscipula seeds. Managed to isolate it and place it inside of a recessed rice pudding container.
 

Chen

Carnivore
Is this the dreaded "spider mite" or is this an actual spider?
 

Chen

Carnivore
Is this a fungus gnat larva? I always thought they had dark heads and "legs".
 
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