ID#: 8804
Magnified 267X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of a coating of debris adhered to the dorsal surface of an unidentified lizard's head region, which had been found deceased on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. Note the myriad of what proved to be unidentified pollen grains, and 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 reptile’s skin, which was composed of overlapping scaled, much the same way roof shingles are laid down in an overlapping fashion. Note the small, horny protuberances, which are actually keratinized skin adnexae, as well as the diaphanous, anemone-like structures, thought to be vegetative in nature.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.; Cal Welbourn, Ph.D., Gary R. Mullen
Creation Date: 2006
Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr
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