Tasty but Protected—First Evidence of Chemical Defense in Oribatid Mites

@article{Heethoff2011TastyBP,
  title={Tasty but Protected—First Evidence of Chemical Defense in Oribatid Mites},
  author={M. Heethoff and Lars Koerner and R. A. Norton and G. Raspotnig},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={37},
  pages={1037-1043}
}
Oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) represent one of the most abundant and speciose groups of microarthropods in the decomposer food webs of soils, but little is known of their top-down regulation by predators. Oribatids are relatively long-lived and have numerous morphological defensive adaptations, and so have been proposed to live in ‘enemy-free space’. Most also possess a pair of large exocrine oil glands that produce species-specific mixtures of hydrocarbons, terpenes, aromatics, and… Expand
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