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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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4442.2.2

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lsid:zoobank.org:pub:54AD9AAE-3106-4875-82FD-07A77427FB16

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03F0D44D-BF34-5750-46B7-FE2CE9638BC3

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Plazi

scientific name

Sphaerochthonius littoralis Schatz, 2003
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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).