Midd: Tectocepheus velatus.

Tectocepheus velatus is one of the most common oribatid species, both in Norway and world-wide. It is a pioneer species, colonizing new areas for example after receding glaciers. It is abundant in different nature types, and most often in soil. Tectocepheus velatus has wide feeding preferences, and eats bacteria, fungi, dead organic matter and living green plants. It reproduces parthenogenetically, females are produced from unfertilized eggs.

Tectocepheus velatus (Michael, 1880)
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