|Description:||Under a low magnification of 67x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of a coating of debris adhered to the ventral surface of an unidentified lizard's head region, which had been found deceased on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. In this field of view was the reptile's left nostril, or naris. Note the myriad of what proved to be unidentified pollen grains, and unknown parasitic mites. For the full complement of images related to this specimen see PHIL 8803 through 8816, which includes highly magnified views of a Nanorchestes sp. mite found coincidentally on this repitiles skin.|
Also of interest was the configuration of the lizard's skin, which was composed of overlapping scales, much the same way roof shingles are laid down in an overlapping fashion. The reptile had been weathered by the elements for a number of days post mortem, and therefore, the edges of the scales seem to be warped, possibly due to this desiccatory process.