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Mites responsible for rosacea?

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  1. theyareoutthere

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Aug 30 2012 12:42:09

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    Perhaps one of the entomologists could provide a better, more intellectual discussion of this finding.

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  2. loubugs

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Aug 30 2012 13:42:12

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    The red velvet mite pictured along with the story is not a Demodex mite. The velvet mite is more than 1000 times larger, a different shape and "velvety" while the Demodex mite is extremely small, not red, not velvety. Possibly Michael Pettigrew (or someone at Shutterstock) mislabeled the image.
    "These mites carry a certain kind of bacteria (Demodex folliculorum) in their digestive tracts, ...." One Demodex species is called Demodex folliculorum; it's not the name of the bacteria.

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