A checklist and bibliography is being compiled for British Mesostigmata, a mite order that includes economically important predators and parasites.
Mesostigmata are commonly found in soil, rotting vegetation and food stores, where most prey on small invertebrates and their eggs.
Each species entry is accompanied by references to published locality records. This allows users to trace the taxonomic history of species, and find ecological and biological information about them.
The checklist will make new species and distribution records much easier to confirm and changes in the fauna more easily detected.