The moss mites of the cheviot acari oribatei
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 34(4): 349-362
A faunal list of oribatid mites collected from the summit of the Cheviot, Northumberland, [UK], is given, together with notes on the taxonomy and distribution of several of the species. Special attention is paid to the Arctic-alpine and European-alpine species and the list provides further support for the view that the upland areas of Britain are characterized by a common group of oribatid species. It is suggested that these species may be cold hardy or cold tolerant with relatively high supercooling points, enabling them to survive the winter at these higher altitudes.