This is a list of species organized by easily visually differentiated groups.
Species may occur more than once.

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Mites with trichobothria (thick setae originating from cup-like pits antero-dorsally) and less pronounced palps than other mites. Adults are typically hard and dark with large anal and genital plates, whereas juveniles are pale and lack obvious plating.


C5 side BO ventral

Oribatids with a ptychoid body form, which allows them to retract into a ball to protect their soft parts from predators. Includes mites from the families Euphthiracaridae, Phthiracaridae, and Mesoplophoridae; 3 species

Close Genital Plates

S6 ventral D3 ventral

Oribatids with closely spaced genital plates. Typically hard and dark, although some softer, lighter forms are included if their genital plates are clearly defined. Includes mite from the "lower" oribatids and the non-poronotic Brachypilina; 29 species


BH4 ventral XA4 ventral

Hard-bodied, dark oribatids lacking obvious pteromorphs. Anal and genital plates are clearly defined with a noticeable space between them. This group includes non-poronotic and poronotic Brachypilina; 22 species


B5a side BB4 ventral

Hard-bodied, dark oribatids with pteromorphs (projections of the dorsal shield that protect the base of the legs). Anal and genital plates are clearly defined with a noticeable space between them. These mites are primarily adult poronotic Brachypilina; 30 species


Pale and translucent mites that are most likely juvenile oribatids.

Long Legs

BF ventral CF side

Pale oribatid-like mites with very long legs. Includes several species in the Damaeidae; 7 species


CB ventral XD9 dorsal

Pale oribatid-like mites with a rectangular body shape. These mites also tend to have a waxy appearance; 7 species


3N ventral AO1 ventral

Pale oribatid-like mites with wrinkles on the exoskeleton. Consists of juvenile Brachypilina; 10 species


BF5 ventral M3 ventral

Pale oribatid-like mites with a round body shape and few other obvious features for identification; 24 species


AX1 ventral BB5 ventral

Pale oribatid-like mites with an elongate body and few other obvious features for identification; 14 species

Distinct Setation

D2 ventral AW3 ventral

Pale oribatid-like mites with elaborate or distinct setation; 15 species


Mites with pronounced palps and long legs, with the front pair typically forward-facing. Most mites in this grouping are mesostimatids but large prostigmatid predators are also included in this category.

Adult Mesostigmatids

Mites typically greater than 500 µm in body length with distinct ventral and/or dorsal plating, an orange to pale yellow color, large linear palps, and the first pair of legs forward-facing.


ZE2 ventral XF4 ventral

Adult mesostigmatids with a distinctly round body shape. Some may be flat in profile but others may be spherical in shape; 11 species


XH6 ventral XF4 ventral

Adult mesostigmatids with an elongate body form. Some may have a tapered posterior and others may have a blunt posterior. This group consists primarily of Gamasine mesostigmatids; 22 species

Distinct Setation

H5 ventral ZI2 ventral

Mesostigmatid predators with distinct setation; 22 species

Immature Mesostigmatids

Predatory mites that are pale in color with the first pair of legs forward-facing. Ventral and dorsal plating are indistinct and body size ranges form less than 300 to more than 500 µm.

Orange Chelicerae

BF2 ventral AZ4 ventral

Immature mesostigmatids with a body length greater than 300 µm. Body color ranges from white to pale yellow but mouthparts are dark brown or orange; 20 species

Large Pale

AN ventral XF2 ventral

Immature mesostigmatid mites with a body length greater than 300 µm. Body color ranges from white to pale yellow. Mouthparts are not noticeably colored; 19 species

Small Pale

AL1 ventral AD3 ventral

Immature mesostigmatid mites smaller than 300 µm in body length and with 4 pairs of legs; 31 species


XF1 ventral XB4 ventral

Pale predatory mites smaller than 300 µm in body length, with 3 pairs of legs and lacking distinct ventral and/or dorsal plating. This group is mostly juvenile Mesostigmata; 13 species

Prostigmatid Predators

Mites with a variety of shapes and colors. Most are quite large and opaque in their coloration, although many colors are possible.


XA5 dorsal EY dorsal

Prostigmatid predators recognizable by their large, elbowed palps terminating in long setae; 17 species


18F dorsal 18E dorsal

Mini mites with gnathosoma and palps coming to a point, long dorsal setae, and a diamond or truncated rhombus shaped body. This group generally consists of Cunaxidae; 6 species

Large Rhagidiidae

AB1 dorsal ZK5 ventral

Prostigmatid predators with elongate bodies, sometimes narrowing to a "waist" in places, with long, striated legs. This group also contains some rhagidiid-like species; 9 species


ZO3 ventral 8A ventral

Predatory mites with distinct features or body forms that do not conform to the above categories. This group is primarily composed of prostigmatid mites but also includes some unusual mesostigmatid mites; 12 species


An artificial category of mites generally smaller than 300 µm in length, pale, and lacking obvious characteristics that would place them in other groups. This group contains primarily prostigmatid mites.


ZN2 dorsal AM4 dorsal

Small, pale mini mites with long legs and "love handles" between legs II and III. Consists mostly of mites in the superfamily Eupodoidea, including some small rhagidiids, and similar taxa; 32 species


6C ventral XC9 dorsal

Mini mites with distinct palps and a wide body that may be circular or shield shaped, short legs and short gnathosoma. Includes representatives of the Tydeidae and Camerobiidae; 15 species


P4 ventral XE4 ventral

Globose or elongate mites with legs concentrated at the anterior end of the body. Includes endeostigmatid mites and similar taxa; 10 species


FL ventral R1 ventral

Mini mites with minute, poorly developped legs and a flat body. Includes dispersal life stages of prostigmatid and astigmatid mites; 10 species


Z5 ventral DZ dorsal

Soft bodied oribatid-like mites with a divided dorsal shield and unsclerotized genital and anal plates that are subequal in size. This grouping also includes enarthronote and juvenile oribatida, endeostigmata and prostigmata that are similar in appearance; 13 species


4N ventral 4S ventral

Very small mites, typically 100-200 um in size, with very small legs and few distinguishing features. Includes larval and juvenile mites; 17 species


Six-legged arthropods with a furcula (springtail). Body form may be linear with distinct segmentation or globular.

Equal Segments

V3 side XB9 side

Collembola with a linear body plan and abdominal segments that are similar in size. Includes mostly non-entomobryid Arthropleona; 25 species

Large Abdominal Segment

EP side XC5 side

Collembola with a linear body plan and one abdominal segment that is clearly larger than the others. Some may be shiny, with scales that may obscure the segmentation. This group is primarily composed of Entomobryidae; 34 species

Colourful Globular

S4 dorsal ZD5 dorsal

Collembola with a globular body plan, eyes, and pigmentation that may be a single color or patterned. This group is primarily composed of Symphypleona; 17 species

Pale Globular

20A side XF8 dorsal

Collembola with a globular body plan and a pale or translucent color. Some lack eyes and have reduced antennae and furcula. This group is primarily composed of Symphypleona and Neelipleona; 14 species


Arthropods with 8 legs that are not mites, including spiders, harvestmen and pseudoscorpions.


Arachnids with two distinct segments, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, belonging to the order Araneae.

Female Spiders

AZ3 ventral S2 ventral

Adult spiders with an obviously sclerotized epigynum on the ventral abdomen; 7 species

Male Spiders

EK ventral T ventral

Adult and penultimate male spiders with sclerotized or swollen pedipalps; 9 species

Juvenile Spiders

AY3 dorsal BA side

Immature spiders without obvious sclerotization of the exoskeleton or other sex characteristics; 35 species


Y2 dorsal ZJ5 dorsal

Arachnids with very long legs and an oval-shaped body consisting of two indistinct segments (the cephalothorax and abdomen). These arachnids are commonly called Daddy Long Legs and belong to the order Opiliones; 2 species


AX3 ventral DO ventral

Arachnids with clawed pedipalps that look like scorpions without tails; 4 species


Arthropods that are not included in the categories above. Primarily consists of insects but myriapods and crustaceans are also included.


Arthropods with 6 legs and antennae that are not collembola, including flies, wasps and thrips. Insect larvae and pupae are also included in this category.


ZM4 ventral 3L ventral

Flat and narrow-bodied insects with reduced mandibles and thin feathered wings, when present. Includes members of the Thysanoptera; 6 species


ZN8 dorsal C1 ventral

Insects with a large head and eyes, mandibles and rod-like maxilla, wings may or may not be present. Includes members of the Psocoptera and similar species; 8 species

True Bugs

Y5 ventral 17B ventral

Insects with a prominent proboscis (sucking mouthparts) and partial or fully membranous wings, when present. Includes aphids and other members of the Hemiptera; 21 species


10C side 3Z side

Dark-coloured insects with a modified pair of wings forming a hard covering over an inner, membranous pair. Includes members of the Coleoptera; 16 species


FM side 1U dorsal

Insects with one pair of wings and a pair of halteres (reduced wings that look like balls on a stick). Includes members of the Diptera; 7 species

Wasps and Ants

ZE1 side FB side

Insects with developed mandibles, two pairs of membranous wings (when present), and tapering in the body that makes the segments very pronounced. Includes members of the Hymenoptera; 8 species

Larvae and Pupae

2Q dorsal 14A side

Segmented, worm-like specimens, often have 6 legs, setae on the body and posterior projecting structures. Includes representatives of the Coleoptera, Diptera and Lepidoptera, among others; 25 species

Lots of Legs

17C ventral FQ side

Specimens with more than four pairs of legs. Includes myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (wood bugs); 10 species