Sphaerochthonius littoralis Schatz, 2003

Chatterjee, Tapas, Pfingstl, Tobias & Pešić, Vladimir, 2018, A checklist of marine littoral mites (Acari) associated with mangroves, Zootaxa 4442 (2), pp. 221-240: 234

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Sphaerochthonius littoralis Schatz, 2003


Sphaerochthonius littoralis Schatz, 2003  

Records associated with mangroves: Pinnacle Rock, Isla Bartolomé, Galápagos, moist mangrove leaf litter ( Laguncularia racemosa   ); Punta Cormorán, Flamingo Lagoon, Isla Floreana, Galápagos, decayed mangrove leaf litter ( Laguncularia racemosa   ); Darwin Bay and Lake Arcturus, Isla Genovesa, Galápagos, moist decayed leaf litter and black humus under Rhizophora mangle   ; Flamingo Bay, Isla Rábida, Galápagos, moist decayed leaf litter under Rhizophora mangle   ; South of Wreck Bay, Isla San Cristobal, Galápagos, moist leaf litter, humus and rotten wood under Conocarpus erecta   , Laguncularia racemosa   and Avicennia germinans   ; Puerto Ayora, Divine’s Bay and west of Canal de Itabaca, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos, moist decayed leaf litter under Avicennia germinans   and Rhizophora mangle   mangroves ( Schatz 2003).

Distribution: Galápagos.

Remarks: Although this species occurs predominantly in the littoral mangrove habitat, it can also occur under other deciduous trees and in deeper humus layers. There are also a few remarkable records from a saltwater Crater Lake, old giant tortoise droppings and epiphytic lichens and moss in a highland cloud forest ( Schatz 2003).