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Sapmites; tiny plant-feeding sigmatatora
Topic Started: Oct 22 2010, 05:27 PM (569 Views)

Sap mites (Arborisugidae)
Time: very late Carboniferous
Size: 3mm-6mm long
Diet: herbivorous - rope tree pulp and juices
Habitat: Rope tree vineland

Narrow-bodied, tiny sigmatatora that live by sucking juices from and chewing at the soft pith or pulp of rope trees. This family originated in the latest Carboniferous and is highly specialized to the vineland ecosystem dominated by rope trees. Sap mites, while hard-shelled, have little mobility (especially as they are almost always locked onto a rope tree) and poor senses, limiting their ability to escape predation, so they have a very short life cycle and lay over one hundred eggs at a time.
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Would they cause much damage to the plants?
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