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Trombidium holosericeum bouteloua Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:10:00 +0000

not identifiable to species based on photos

Not Resolved


Dear top IDers and observers of red velvet mites, please see the below information from mite taxonomist @rayfisher:

"This species is only known from western Europe and is not able to be differentiated from other members of that genus within its range. Yet on iNat, virtually any photo of a red mite, especially true velvet mites (Trombidiidae), end up at this species-level identification. I try to check the page regularly, but submissions add up quickly. I don't think it is justified to offer species-level identification for this genus given the state of taxonomy for the group."

If we can help out by coarsifying observations of this species to a more appropriate taxon (e.g. genus, subfamily, family), that should help re-train the computer vision (automated species identification) system in the future. I have also brought up this issue to the site developers here.

Here is a link to help re-identify: (currently 256 observations)

You can also subscribe to seeing observations of this species by clicking the blue "Subscribe to a Taxon" button on the right side of your dashboard.

@danko @jakob @tigerbb @nicky @d_b @net8a @gcsnelling @drshawntdash @nanou46 @rodolfo

Posted by bouteloua almost 4 years ago (Flag)

My knowledge of trombidiids is limited, and, thanks to Ray, I realized there was a lot more to the family than it first seemed! But I am happy to help back out some of these mis-ID's to a general level that I am comfortable with, and I'll help watch out for new ones. :)


Posted by tigerbb almost 4 years ago (Flag)


Posted by bouteloua almost 4 years ago (Flag)

Great, I'll work on that and learn on the way.


Posted by d_b almost 4 years ago (Flag)

I will do what I can.

Posted by gcsnelling almost 4 years ago (Flag)

bien noté

Posted by nanou46 almost 4 years ago (Flag)

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