Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Research article
23 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 23 Oct 2018

A giant mite in Cretaceous Burmese amber

Jason A. Dunlop, Konrad Frahnert, and Joanna Mąkol

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A new species of fossil mite, Immensmaris chewbaccei, is described from the 100 million-year-old (Cretcaeous) Burmese amber of Myanmar. It belongs to the modern family Smarididae and is of particular note for its enormous size, with a body length of about a centimetre. This makes it the largest example of an erythraeoid mite (the wider group to which it belongs), and in general it is one of the biggest mites ever to be recorded.